Darbi Hunt, birth to five Learning Specialist with South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center, says, “The more we know, the more we understand the importance of those experiences that our children have starting at birth until they go to school so much of their mind is growing and developing and forming in that time. The more we can do to get their brains ready for school- the more successful they are going to be.”
They serve as a way to gauge if children are ready for school and if they going need some support services.
Hunt says, “And if on that screening, there are some things that can be identified that could be serious potential trouble areas then the school would probably want to have those things further evaluated .”
“It’s so important that our little ones get off to a good start because this kindergarten experience can shape a lot of their perceptions and their ideas about learning and about themselves. It isn’t a a make or break situation but it is one of those pretty important steps,” says Hunt.