School Readiness Scores

School Readiness measures the percent of kindergarteners ready to enter first grade. How prepared children are for kindergarten indicates how well their home environment and any community services they received at a young age supported their early childhood development. Early childhood education is linked to stronger cognitive and physical development, and improved school and employment outcomes. Early childhood education, especially within the first five years of life, has demonstrated positive effects on children’s health and well-being up to three decades later, including better reproductive health and birth outcomes. Although featured in the Educational Opportunities domain, school readiness scores also have strong ties to the employment, economic health and neighborhood characteristics domains. School readiness data from Providence was based on computing the percentage of students in Kindergarten at or above benchmark when taking the STAR early literacy assessment in the Fall of 2015.

Neighborhoodsort descending Indicator Value Rank
Blackstone 61.1% 2
Charles 25.2% 10
College Hill -% -
Downtown 30.8% 6
Elmhurst 40.5% 4
Elmwood 16.1% 23
Federal Hill 28.6% 8
Fox Point 27.3% 9
Hartford 20.9% 16
Hope 55.0% 3
Lower South Providence 17.6% 20
Manton 24.6% 11
Mount Hope 29.7% 7
Mount Pleasant 22.6% 14
Olneyville 14.5% 24
Reservoir 32.4% 5
Silver Lake 17.5% 21
Smith Hill 21.4% 15
South Elmwood 23.9% 12
Upper South Providence 20.0% 19
Valley 20.1% 18
Wanskuck 22.7% 13
Washington Park 20.6% 17
Wayland 61.3% 1
West End 16.9% 22

Key Citations:

  1. Karoly LA. Early Childhood Interventions: Proven Results, Future Promise. RAND Corporation, 2005.
  2. Lesnick, Joy, et al. "Reading on grade level in third grade: How is it related to high school performance and college enrollment." Chicago: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (2010).
  3. McKey, Ruth Hubbell. "The Impact of Head Start on Children, Families and Communities. Final Report of the Head Start Evaluation, Synthesis and Utilization Project." (1985).
  4. Schweinhart L, Montie J, 2004. The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study to Age 40. High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. Accessed on December 21, 2012: