To understand the needs of children in Contra Costa, First 5 Contra Costa contracted with Applied Survey Research to conduct a county-wide assessment of kindergarten readiness. A total of 1,154 students from 10 elementary school districts participated in this study.

According to this research, less than half of Contra Costa children are fully ready for kindergarten. Across the county, 44% of children meet the definition of “fully ready.” Over a third of children are partially ready, and 22% of children did not demonstrate proficiency in any of the measurements for kindergarten readiness.

To learn more about how scores differed by income, school district, and other family characteristics, see the full report, Ready or Not, Here We Come! or the Executive Summary. Both documents offer information about how we can help kids be ready for success in school.