Understanding School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers
Understanding school readiness for infants and toddlers has required a reconceptualization of what children, families, and communities need to foster school success beginning in the earliest years of life. In the past 2 decades, there has been an explosion of new research on early brain development and a greater understanding of the unique developmental needs and abilities of infants and toddlers. These advances have informed our understanding of how to set appropriate school readiness goals and how to support children, families, and communities in reaching those goals. The articles in this issue conceptualize school readiness as a process that occurs over time, in the context of caring relationships with informed and supportive adults who can nurture both the qualities and the developmental skills that help children become successful learners.