“Three out of four Illinois kids are not ready for kindergarten.” – KIDS Report Observational Survey Tool.
The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey, or KIDS, is an observational survey tool used across the state to assess the readiness of incoming kindergarteners. The KIDS program, which kindergarten teachers began using statewide in 2017, focuses on four key domains: Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; and Cognition: Math. KIDS recently released its comprehensive 2017 data, revealing that 3 in 4 children are not ready for kindergarten. The McCormick Foundation's Education Program is dedicated to ensuring that Illinois' youngest residents arrive to kindergarten fully prepared to thrive in school.