Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills

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WaKIDS is a process that helps to ensure a successful start in school.

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What is WaKIDS?

WaKids - Washington Inventory of Developing Skills

WaKIDS is a process that helps to ensure children entering Kindergarten have a successful start to the K-12 experience. WaKIDS provides a statewide view where children are in development as they enter Kindergarten. This information will help shape education policy and investments.

WaKIDS has three components:

  1. Family Connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.
  2. “Whole-Child” Assessment gives kindergarten teachers information about the social and emotional, physical, cognitive and linguistic development of the children in their classrooms, so they may tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child.
  3. Early Learning Collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.

Support

What role does Early Care & Education provide?

Early Care & Education provides professional development, technical assistance and support, including training in the use of the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment process, to kindergarten teachers who are implementing WaKIDS (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills) – our state’s model designed to strengthen the kindergarten transition process.

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WaKIDS is a partnership paid for with state, federal and private funding. It is mandated for state-funded full-day kindergarten programs by ESHB 2586 The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) work together to oversee WaKIDS. Private partners include Thrive Washington and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Program Contacts

Who to Contact

Jackie Brock

ESD 112 WaKIDS Coordinator

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3382

Email: jackie.brock@esd112.org

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