School Readiness Pledge for Families


Success in school begins well before a child enters kindergarten. Tennessee’s School Readiness Model emphasizes that the state’s children will be ready to succeed in school only when families, communities and schools work together on their behalf throughout the early childhood years. “Readiness” is not solely a condition within a child but is a condition that exists when communities, schools and families collectively create a nurturing environment for child development starting at birth. 

Take a moment to review and take the pledge below to support school readiness.

The Pledge for Families

I understand that I am the most important person in my child’s life. I pledge to support my child’s well-being by interacting with them positively and frequently, taking a strong interest in all aspects of their welfare, development and learning. Recognizing that I am my child’s first and most important teacher, I pledge to provide steady and supportive relationships, ensure safe and consistent environments, promote good health, and foster self-esteem, confidence, determination and self-control. I pledge to do my best to be an example for my child through my presence and attention in all aspects of his or her health, development and education. I will talk with my child, read with my child and participate with my child to explore a variety of activities every day. I pledge to lead my child to success in school and in life. 

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