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Kindergarten readiness, history of Kindergarten, developmentally appropriate programs


This short article on family living appeared in Broome County Living magazine, published by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, New York, and is part of a collection of such articles available on the Open Repository at Binghamton University. This article explores many issues subsumed by the concept of “Kindergarten readiness” at a time when that concept was widely considered, and delayed entry to K-12 schooling was a popular and often recommended option and challenging decision for middle class families. Issues of developmentally appropriate school programs, the role of pre-Kindergarten programs, societal changes in family needs, and unchanging underlying timelines of child growth and development are discussed.