"Everyone Gains When We Invest, Develop, And Sustain The Early Development Of America's Greatest Natural Resource - It's People."
-James Heckman, Nobel Laureate Professor Of Economics


Ready Communities + Ready Schools + Ready Families = Children Ready


What is school readiness? School readiness is a set of skills, knowledge, mindsets, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for success in school and in life.  

School Readiness includes aspects of six domains: 

 1. Physical Well-Being and Development: This domain includes physical health and growth; physical abilities, such as gross and fine motor skills; and conditions before, at, and after birth.

2. Social and Emotional Development: This domain combines two interrelated components affecting children's behavioral health and learning. Social development refers to children's ability to interact with others and their capacity for self-regulation. Emotional development includes children's perceptions of themselves, their abilities to understand the feelings of other people, and their ability to interpret and express their own feelings.

3. Approaches to Learning: This domain refers to children's inclination to use skills and knowledge. Key elements include enthusiasm, curiosity, and persistence on tasks.  

4. Language and Literacy Development: This domain includes communication and emergent literacy.  Communication includes listening, speaking, and vocabulary. Emergent literacy includes print motivation and awareness, early writing, phonological awareness (the connection between letters and sounds), and phonemic awareness (the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds).

5. Cognition and General Knowledge: This domain refers to thinking and problem solving as well as knowledge about particular objects and the way the world works. Mathematical knowledge, abstract thought, and imagination are included.

6. Cultural Awareness: This domain refers to the ability to explore and understand the values, beliefs, traditions, and perceptions within an individual's own culture and other cultures.


High Desert ESD Regional P-3rd Initiative
Heckman Equation: Invest + Develop + Sustain = Gain




What is a P-3rd Approach?

  1. Build a Growth Mindset Early Learning Culture.

  2. Implement a P-3rd Approach in Elementary Schools.

  3. Implement a Whole Child Approach to ensure that every student, in every school, in every community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

  4. Increase school readiness across the P-3rd continuum.

A P-3rd Approach is a comprehensive approach connecting, integrating, aligning, and transforming birth to PreK care and education programs and experiences and the K-12 system.

The goal is to create a seamless continuum of high-quality care and educational opportunities, experiences, and services to improve whole child outcomes and prevent and/or close the opportunity/achievement gap.


Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Contact your local school to volunteer.

  2. Contact www.myhb.org to volunteer at Healthy Beginnings health and developmental screenings.

  3. Contact your local Start Making a Reader Today (SMART).

  4. Search for more volunteer opportunities across Central Oregon here.