It's called "Ready by 5, Fine by 9," and it has two critical goals. Connecticut's children must start kindergarten armed with the skills they'll need to succeed, and they must be top-notch readers by the time they finish third grade.
To make those things happen, Connecticut has to ensure that children experience a smooth transition from pre-school to kindergarten, says Governor M. Jodi Rell.
Rell is one of five governors nationwide who has been working with the Kellogg Foundation and the Education Commission of the States to convene one-day forums that explore the links between early childhood education and elementary school. The Governors' Forums: Linking Ready Kids to Ready Schools, bring together educators, education experts, and policymakers to review and accelerate strategies to help children move seamlessly from the early years to elementary school and beyond.