Kindergarten Readiness

Early childhood education encompasses the quality and accessibility of educational investment for kids under 6 years old. Research suggests that addressing childhood education is a critical factor in improving the future educational attainment and socioeconomic transition of low-income communities. Poverty creates many barriers that impede young children’s development, placing them at a disadvantage even before they enter the classroom. The metric associated with early childhood education is “kindergarten readiness,” in alignment with the Ready for K Alliance. Louisville’s goal is for 77% of children to be kindergarten ready when they enter school by 2020. The data presented here represent students in public schools.

Trends Over Time

Since 2016, Louisville students have scored above the Kentucky average for kindergarten readiness. This score has not changed much since 2013. Currently, 51.7% of JCPS students are ready for kindergarten.

Differences by Race

Since 2014, racial disparities in kindergarten readiness among JCPS students have not changed greatly. Kindergarten readiness has increased slightly among Hispanic and Black students, while it has decreased slightly among Asian and white students.

Differences by Sex

Females students enter kindergarten more prepared than their male counterparts in JCPS and Kentucky public schools. The gap in kindergarten readiness between females and males is slightly smaller in JCPS than it is in the rest of Kentucky.

Differences by Free or Reduced Lunch Status

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch lag behind their fellow students within JCPS and across the state of Kentucky. JCPS students not eligible for free or reduced lunch are performing near the mean for their Kentucky counterparts, while JCPS students receiving free or reduced lunch outperform their peers in the rest of Kentucky.