Early Learning Program Support

School Readiness Program
School Readiness is a public school program available to Minnesota children, age 3 years to kindergarten enrollment who meet certain eligibility requirements. Any of the following factors influence eligibility: age, family income, being an English language learner or having an Individualized Education Program. Children may also be identified to participate in the program through the Early Childhood Screening program. School districts offer this and other early childhood education programs and services unique to the needs of children and the resources in their communities.

The purpose of a School Readiness program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten. The goal of School Readiness is to help preschoolers enter school with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in future learning.

It is a priority of School Readiness to involve parents in their child’s learning and education. Research has shown that early childhood programs that involve parents and children working together are more effective than programs that only focus on the child. Involving families early encourages parents to play a more active role throughout their child’s education. Find the contact information for the School Readiness program in your school district.

Data and Reports
MDE produces brief reports on its early childhood programs, with information about participation, program services and program results. The data is available by early childhood program and year listed below.

School district aggregated data for the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Early Childhood Screening and the School Readiness programs are available for FY 2004-FY 2008.  Head Start program and aggregated participant data is available for FY 2008.

An interactive search for aggregate data for a specific county, school district, early childhood program or fiscal year is available for Early Childhood Family Education, Early Childhood Screening and School Readiness. Definitions for the Early Learning Services Data System assist in understanding the data are available in the Early Learning Services Data System User Guide.

Learn About the Early Learning Scholarships Program.


Data Collection Forms

Forms will be posted here as they are available. Contact our office for more information.