School Readiness Initiative

BCSD’s School Readiness Initiative (SRI), funded by First 5 Kern: and First 5 California, is designed to implement programs that improve the transition from early care settings to elementary school and increase the schools’ and communities’ capacity to promote the success of young children.


The School Readiness Initiative engages:

  • families
  • community members
  • educators



The School Readiness Initiative focuses on:

  • children ages birth to age five
  • low-performing schools as measured by Academic Performance Index (API)
  • preparing these children for elementary school in four aspects:
    • children’s readiness for school
    • schools’ readiness for children
    • family and community supports
    • services that contribute to childrenís readiness for school success


The School Readiness Initiative Provides:

  • Center-based School Readiness activities
  • Case management to support families
  • In home parent child School Readiness activities
  • Kindergarten Round Up in the spring
  • Kindergarten Summer Bridging Program
  • Kindergarten Orientation for parents and students
  • Parent Education on a variety of topics that impact school readiness and performance
  • Family and Community Resource Centers: East Bakersfield Community Resource Center, South Chester Partnership Resource Center, and the 34th Street Neighborhood Partnership Resource Center


Participating Schools:
Frank West
Stella Hills
Horace Mann
For information please contact the School Readiness office at 631-5895.

School Readiness Initiative Staff.

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Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.