Early developmental and educational opportunities impact later educational performance.1

Overall school readiness refers to how prepared a child is to succeed in school cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Since young children’s early experiences influence brain development that can set the stage for future development and success in school and life, tracking readiness can be representative for many other non-health determinants.2

Although there is currently no indicator to measure levels of overall school readiness, this has been identified as an opportunity for further data development to monitor this priority area of attention.


1. Office of Health Equity. (August 2015). Portrait of Promise: California Statewide Plan to Promote Health Equity and Mental Health Equity. California Department of Public Health, from https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/Documents/CDPHOHEDisparityReportAug2015.pdf

2. Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force. (December 2012). Lets Get Healthy California Task Force Final Report. Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, from: https://www.chhs.ca.gov/LGHC/___Let%27s%20Get%20Healthy%20California%20Task%20Force%20Final%20Report.pdf

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