Guide to Other School Readiness Goals

The Office of Head Start offers examples of school readiness goals, but programs may have other goals addressing a range of topics. While some of these topics may overlap the developmental milestones already discussed, others may not fit into these categories. Use the guide below to link school readiness goals to the health services. Goal topics are in the left-hand column and links to health services areas are in the column on the right. Each includes a brief description of the health service, research connections that demonstrate the link between health and school readiness, and suggested strategies programs can integrate into their plans.

If your goal addresses: Consider reviewing strategies under:
Abstract or symbolic thinking
Adjusting to new situations
Cause and effect relationships
Conflict resolution
Creative expression
Cultural and community studies
Dramatic and pretend play
The five senses: touch, taste, hearing, vision, and smell
Independent self-care routines
Managing transitions
Music and movement
Responding to and asking open-ended questions
Spatial relationships

Last Reviewed: April 2014

Last Updated: April 10, 2014