Early Childhood Education

Kindergarten Corner

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)

KIDS is envisioned as a comprehensive process designed to provide information about children’s competencies across developmental domains over time and to inform whether Illinois’ kindergarteners have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school.   For more information visit KIDS.

Illinois Early Learning Standards for Kindergarten

The Illinois Early Learning Standards for Kindergarten are available in hard copy by attending a training offered through the Illinois Resource Center.  You will find up-to-date information concerning trainings at then go to Early Childhood.  Kindergarten teachers are strongly encouraged to attend a training.  The training involves learning the history of the standards, why we have standards, exploration of how the standards should be used, and on sharing the standards document with others such as families and community partners.  You may download a copy of the standards, benchmark cards, and participating districts at the following links.

Kindergarten Data


Prekindergarten to Kindergarten Transition Resources

The transition to kindergarten from prekindergarten is an exciting time for 5 year olds. Educators today are developing transition activities to help children and families as they take this important step. Kindergarten teachers and prekindergarten teachers are both a critical part of a successful transition. Both teachers work with parents and children to assure questions are answered, children are registered, and the transition flows smoothly.

Kindergarten Chatter

Network with your colleagues on the new Kindergarten Chatter discussion board. Discuss current issues and practices concerning Kindergarten. Kindergarten Standards Field test participants are already registered to participate. Others may register by going to the Kindergarten Chatter site.

Kindergarten Experts


NAEYC Articles

NIEER Articles

Illinois Early Learning Project

Additional Resources