PBS KIDS Says School Readiness Is More Than Letters and Numbers

School Library Journal
A new study from PBS KIDS reveals that how children feel when starting school and how they handle that adjustment, may be more important to parents than whether they know their ABCs. The report found that social and emotional skills are the top concerns for parents preparing their children for that first day. While parents want their early learners to have some academic ability, the emotional well-being of their child carried more weight. More than two−thirds — or 77 percent — of surveyed parents stated they want their children to develop social skills before starting kindergarten with 53 percent putting emotional skills as a high priority.

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