Why obtain an independent kindergarten readiness evaluation?
Many parents seek out an evaluation during the late spring or early summer in order to identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement prior to the start of school in the fall. Others have concerns as to whether or not their child is learning the pre-academic skills at the same rate as peers, while others wish to get a head start on learning over the summer so that their child is familiar with kindergarten material on day one. Gaps or deficiencies in early skills may continue to worsen over the course of a child’s academic career; with early evaluation and intervention, children may overcome these gaps and be on track for academic success.
A thorough kindergarten readiness evaluation will assess ability in five areas commonly thought to be predictive of school success:
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Social/Emotional Development
- Attention, Concentration, and Learning
- Language Development
- Cognition and Knowledge
An evaluation is appropriate for children ages 4 years through 5 years, 11 months; evaluations are most helpful when conducted in the late spring or early summer so that your child may have the summer to address any areas of relative difficulty and further enhance areas of strength. The full evaluation will take 1-2 hours, which includes a developmental interview with the parent. Please note that this evaluation is considered to be academic in nature, and therefore not covered by your insurance.