The path to leading the world in the success of each student starts in early childhood, long before a 5-year-old child begins kindergarten.
To advance kindergarten readiness, all Kansas elementary schools are required to partner with families to better understand incoming kindergarten students’ development. The Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ-3) and Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2) provide a snapshot of children’s developmental milestones. As caregivers know their children best, they complete both questionnaires.
All children are ready to enter kindergarten when they meet the age requirement of 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 of their kindergarten year. The snapshot data helps teachers ensure their kindergarten classrooms are ready to support the social, emotional and academic success of each student. Visit https://agesandstages.com/ks/ for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), guides and “how-to” videos on how to implement ASQ.
Since districts first implemented the Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot statewide in fall 2018, KSDE has gathered feedback on how to best use this tool to improve kindergarten readiness. After receiving positive feedback, KSDE began offering the flexibility to partner with families of incoming kindergarten students to complete the Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot (ASQ) in the springtime before children enter kindergarten.
For the 2023-24 Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot, districts and private school systems may begin screening April 1. Please contact Stacy Clarke via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to begin prior to April 1. All schools must administer the ASQ to incoming kindergarten students by Sept. 20, and all data (including pending Family Access screenings) must be entered into ASQ Online by Oct. 10.
Districts/private school systems are not required to submit an application or survey to KSDE to begin the Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot in the springtime.
ASQ Online Help
For simple questions related to the Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot (for example, resetting a password to ASQ Online), contact Brookes Publishing Technical Support or call 1-866-404-9853.
For more specific questions (for example, setting up ASQ Online Family Access links), contact the Brookes Implementation Team at email@example.com.
PreK-12 school staff with questions for KSDE can email Stacy Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KSDE Early Childhood Team Fact Sheet (PDF) updated 2019
Kindergarten Readiness Resources Fact Sheet (PDF) updated March 2023
2023 Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot (ASQ) Fact Sheet (PDF) Updated August 2023
Kansas Early Learning Standards (PDF)
Kansas Early Learning Standards Toolkit (External Link)
2019 Kansas Family Engagement and Partnership Standards for Early Childhood(PDF)
Kansas Prekindergarten Guide (PDF)
Kansas Quality Network (External Link)
Kansas Full Day Kindergarten Guide (PDF)
Kindergarten in Kansas English (PDF)
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