In 2012 the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition (ELC) began an ambitious effort to assess the health of our community’s early learning system. This system includes parents, families, neighbors, early learning professionals, schools, city and county government, colleges, non-profits and others. Research shows that healthy early learning systems create high-quality early learning experiences and better outcomes for children and society.
Research shows that healthy early learning systems create better outcomes for children and society.
Though the early learning years are typically defined as birth through age eight, an important intermediate milestone and system assessment point is children’s entry into kindergarten at age five or six. Looking at kindergarten readiness helps us understand how our children are doing academically, socio-emotionally, and physically. More importantly, kindergarten readiness shows us where our early learning system needs more support.