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I am driven to track and improve a child’s readiness for kindergarten

Whether a child is ready for kindergarten can predict whether that child stays on the path to becoming a positive force within society. Yet many children are entering kindergarten unequipped with the foundational skills necessary for learning.

Executive function skills—like staying focused, flexible problem solving, and inhibiting impulses—are more predictive of kindergarten readiness and academic success than IQ. Children who don’t have them begin to falter immediately.

Professor Philip Zelazo has discovered that a potential solution to close the opportunity gap is to reliably assess executive function and intervene to help at-risk children develop these skills.

Philip Zelazo

“...we measure children's neural activity in certain situations before [executive function] training and after training. And what we've found is that we cannot only improve children's behavior, but we can bring about corresponding physical changes in the brain.”

Philip Zelazo, Professor

Executive Function: guiding a child’s brain

Executive Function skills are like the air-traffic controller of the brain. Without these foundational learning skills, children can veer off course.

“Giving children even a small boost in these crucial executive function skills prior to the transition to kindergarten can help put children on a different kind of developmental trajectory, one that's headed toward success as opposed to failure.”

Philip Zelazo

Helping those who need it most

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“We can help these children to acquire the skills that will empower them to be able to act intentionally and contribute in a meaningful way to our society.”

Philip Zelazo