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Welcome to the School Readiness to Learn Project home page!

All children are born ready to learn,
BUT not all children arrive at school ready to learn...


1 in 4 children enter kindergarten
without the skills they need to learn.

What is school readiness to learn?

  • The child's ability to meet the task demands at school
  • The child's ability to benefit from the educational activities provided by the school

Children who start school not ready to learn are at a disadvantage, and often never catch up. The degree to which a child is ready to learn at school predicts how well they will do at school.

How do we measure school readiness to learn?
With the EARLY DEVELOPMENT INSTRUMENT (EDI)

The EDI can…

  • Report on populations of children in different communities
  • Monitor populations of children over time
  • Predict how children will do in elementary school

The EDI cannot...

  • Provide a clinical diagnosis

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