Preschool Reading Screener for children 3 to 5 years old.

Developmental screening is a routine service provided for children. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on developmental screening: “early identification of developmental disorders is critical to the well-being of children and their families.” And while many parents are familiar with developmental screenings for hearing or vision, they may not be aware of the importance of screening for other issues – like reading readiness.

Preschool Reading Screener for children 3 to 5 years old.

Reading readiness screening tools – like the Reading BrightStart! Preschool Reading Screener for children ages 3-5 – provide a snapshot of a child’s progress in essential pre-reading skills. They can also show how the child’s progress compares to developmental milestones for those skills. Early screening gives parents, health and early childhood professionals the chance to offer additional supports for children who may not be on track for developmental milestones.  Providing these supports as early as possible makes it much more likely that children will gain the skills they need to be successful readers.

Remember, reading readiness screening is a snapshot – not a diagnosis.  Think of the information provided by screening like a roadmap for a traveler. On the road to reading, the Preschool Reading Screener can show you where your child is now, and can help you chart the best course to reading success.

To date, over 8,000 parents have completed the Preschool Reading Screener featured on this website, and we’ve summarized the results of those screenings here.


According to Preschool Reading Screener research participants, 3-year-olds earned most of their points on oral language items. These included skills like “continuously understands and uses new words. Three-year-olds also had beginning knowledge of rhyming and beginning sounds and beginning writing  skills. More than 94 percent of 3-year-olds were reported to enjoy drawing and scribbling.

For 4-year-olds, increasing skills were evident in all areas – especially letter knowledge. Nearly 69 percent of 4-year-olds were able to identify at least 18 uppercase letters. That’s a benchmark that is vital for reading success as children move into kindergarten.

Five-year-olds were good at identifying two words that rhyme (83 percent), and nearly 73 percent of them could say a word that rhymes with a word named by the parent. Also, blending words was easier for 5-year-olds than breaking words apart: 66 percent could blend two words into a compound word; 56 percent could break compound words apart.

If you would like to check your child’s reading readiness skills, take advantage of the Preschool Reading Screener.  The free screener consists of 31 yes-or-no questions and takes just 10 minutes. You’ll get an instant result, and a customized action plan for your child.