Indiana County Head Start

​School Readiness

528 Gompers Avenue

Indiana, PA 15701


Head Start defines school readiness as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life.  It means that children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children's learning, and schools are ready for children.

School readiness goals articulate the program's expectations of children's status and progress across the five essential domains of child development and early learning that will improve  children's readiness for kindergarten. These domains include (1) language and literacy development, (2) cognition and general knowledge (3) approaches toward learning, (4) physical well-being and motor development, and (5) social and emotional development.

School readiness goals are developed by aggregating and analyzing child assessment data.

Program Goals to Support School Readiness

  1. Insure the Fiscal Management and program systems are up to date and effective.

  2. Make data collection and evaluations, using existing technology, a priority across all service areas.

  3. ​Ensure that the health and nutrition needs of all children are identified and met for optimum learning and school readiness.

  4. Ensure Parent, Family and Community Engagement through activities that are grounded in positive, ongoing, and goal-oriented relationships with families.

  5. Strengthen collaboration with school districts and other community agencies to define school readiness and develop common goals to ensure successful transitions.

  6. Increase staff competencies through the provision of effective professional development.

  7. ​Continue to infuse the CLASS guidelines and expectations across all service areas.

​School Readiness Goals for Preschoolers

  1. Children will demonstrate scientific inquiry skills. Children will demonstrate mastery in scientific inquiry skills/methods.
  2. Children will demonstrate appropriate conversational and other communication skills. Children will demonstrate mastery in on-task persistence.
  3. Children will demonstrate musical expression, dance and movement. Children will demonstrate mastery in on-task persistence. 
  4. Children will establish and sustain positive relationships with peers and adults. Children will participate cooperatively and constructively in group situations. Children will demonstrate mastery in emotional and behavioral health.
  5. ​Children will demonstrate traveling and balancing skills. Children will demonstrate mastery in fine motor skills. Children will demonstrate age appropriate self help skills.

​School Readiness Goals for Infants and Toddlers

  1. ​Infants and toddlers will develop healthy attachment relationships with caregivers. Infants and toddlers will learn to trust and progressively gain confidence.
  2. Infants and young toddlers will develop listening skills and understand language. Toddlers will expand receptive and expressive communication skills.
  3. Infants and young toddlers will demonstrate  attention and engagement. Toddlers will demonstrate initiative, curiosity and problem solving.
  4. Infants and young toddlers will demonstrate motivation and persistence. Toddlers will develop interest in sounds, rhythms, and creative movements.
  5. Infants will demonstrate some development of gross motor coordination and voluntary movements. Infants and young toddlers will demonstrate some development of large muscle and small muscle skills. Toddlers will demonstrate development of balancing skills, muscle control, and manipulative skills.