Getting Ready for School

The Getting Ready for School program trains older children to actively engage with pre-school children in their communities, helping young learners prepare for a successful transition to primary school in areas where formal preschool is not available.

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The Getting Ready for School (GRS) program facilitates the successful transition of young children into primary school by providing them with school readiness skills (both academic and social), engaging families and others in the community as capable partners in children’s development, and improving the ability of schools to successfully engage their youngest learners.

The program is not meant to replace comprehensive early childhood development (ECD) programs, such as kindergartens or pre-schools.  Instead, GRS provides a low-cost alternative for supporting young children’s school readiness in communities where formal ECD programs are unavailable to most families. A teacher first provides an older child in grade 4-8 (a “Young Facilitator”) with guidance and information on supporting young children preparing for school.   Young Facilitators are then matched with children expected to enter formal primary school in one year, and they share their knowlege with the younger children through formal and informal means. Together facilitators and young students work through a series of planned activities designed to support child development through play. 

From 2007-2010, the GRS program was piloted in six countries, and rigorous external impact evaluations found significantly increased measures of school readiness for the young learners that participated in the program. Since completion of the pilot programs, Child to Child has implemented the Getting Ready for School Program in other locations, including Sierra Leone and Pakistan.

Using older students as tutors and mentors for young learners allows for early childhood education to reach children in remote, difficult-to-reach areas at a low cost.

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