December 12, 2017

Our Director of Education Programming was recently interviewed to comment on the study finding that one-third of VA children are not ready for Kindergarten. WSET ABC 13 reported the story. To view the full report & video, click here. :

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — A new study shows that one third of Virginia children are not ready for Kindergarten.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission’s report also said that the less than half of the commonwealth’s school divisions participate in this critical skills assessment.

Karen Wesley, Director of Educational Programming for United Way in Central Virginia, said their vision is that all children will be ready to learn when they start kindergarten. They are currently working with several school systems to get everyone on the same page.

Wesley added that emotional and social skills are involved in kindergarten readiness.

“Kindergarten readiness is more than knowing your number and your letters. it really is about the social and emotional development. It really is about communicating. Communicating your needs,” she said.

Wesley shared that their ultimate goal is to align assessment in pre-school classes in all of their school divisions.