Printable Preschool Progress Reports

Updated April 15, 2019

It is never too early to track a child's progress. When your child reaches preschool age there are a wealth of skills to master to ensure that she is prepared for kindergarten and on the track to success. Printable preschool progress reports help you pay attention to those skills by documenting that your child has met them.

Using Preschool Progress Reports

You may choose to use printable progress reports in multiple ways. These progress reports can help ensure a child has met the necessary skills when it's time for their preschool report card. If you need help downloading the printable, check out these helpful tips.

Simple Preschool Progress Report PDF

Certain progress reports contain a single skills checklist where you write the date when the skill was mastered and any relevant notes. You can fill out the progress report twice during the year to see how your child has developed. You can also print this type of progress report to continually monitor your child's progress.

Quarterly Preschool Progress Report PDF

Other progress reports allow you to monitor the progress quarterly by checking off the progress toward specific skills each quarter and provide any necessary notes. This type of progress report helps you more easily monitor a child's growth and development throughout the school year.

Preschool Skills List

These skills have been adapted from the World Book Typical Course of Study for Preschoolers to represent the basic skills that should be included on any preschool progress report. Knowing these can help parents and teachers create their own preschool report card templates.

Communication Skills

  • Speaks clearly
  • Responds to direct questions
  • Follows routines
  • Understands opposites

Social/Emotional Skills

Early Reading/Writing Skills

  • Knows how to say ABCs
  • Recognizes ABCs
  • Can print first name
  • Can print last name

Motor Skills

  • Can hold and use a pencil
  • Can hold and use a crayon
  • Can hold and use scissors
  • Can hold and use a glue stick
  • Can hold and use a paint brush
  • Can bounce a ball
  • Can kick a ball
  • Can jump up and down
  • Can throw a ball
  • Can swing without help
  • Can skip
  • Can button shirt
  • Can tie shoes

Colors and Shapes

  • Knows primary colors
  • Knows shapes
  • Understands differences (i.e. big and small)


  • Recognizes numbers one through ten
  • Understands empty and full
  • Understands more and less

Pre-K Progress Report Template

Although people use the terms interchangeably, prekindergarten, or Pre-K, is a much more comprehensive program than most preschools. The skills included in the New York State Prekindergarten Common Core and the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood serve as comprehensive examples of what differentiates Pre-K from preschool and are the basis for this quarterly Pre-K report card template. Use the editable document as is or change the subjects and skills to align with your school's standards.

Pre-K Skills List

Pre-kindergarten early learning standards vary from state to state, but most include similar goals and objectives. The standards in your state will determine what should be included as skills on your progress reports. In terms of Pre-K, skills are broken down more by areas of learning than specific subjects and focus on a cohesive education for young children. You can use this checklist as a progress report by marking the boxes next to skills the child has mastered or use it as a list to pull skills from for your report card.

Approaches to Learning

  • Plays independently and with others
  • Uses imaginative play for self-expression
  • Can relate knowledge and information from one scenario to another

Health, Wellness, and Physical Development

  • Differentiates between healthy and unhealthy foods
  • Participates in a variety of physical activities
  • Knows the parts of the human body
  • Shows good dexterity and eye-hand coordination
  • Understands and follows safety practices

Social and Emotional Development

  • Identifies and expresses various emotions
  • Asks for help when necessary
  • Interacts in positive ways with peers and adults
  • Adapts well to changes
  • Solves conflicts in appropriate ways

Knowledge of the World

  • Identifies traits of self and groups he/she is part of
  • Understands basic concepts of money, maps, and American symbols
  • Knows, recalls, and follows rules and directions
  • Recognizes common workers and how work is different than play

Scientific Thinking

  • Identifies parts and needs of living things
  • Uses basic scientific equipment and method for science exploration
  • Understands basic concepts of things in the sky, seasons, sound, and motion

Mathematical Thinking and Expression

  • Counts and recognizes numbers 1 to 20
  • Sorts objects into appropriate categories based on size, amount, or appearance
  • Recognizes, compares, and contrasts basic shapes
  • Understands basic concepts of time, addition, and subtraction

Technology Skills and Understanding

  • Names and know functions of basic computer parts (mouse, screen, keyboard)
  • Follows directions to utilize simple computer games and programs

Creative Thinking and Expression

  • Understands basic elements of music and art
  • Shows ability to be a good audience member
  • Expresses self through music, art, or other creative means

Communication, Language, and Literacy

  • Communicates through mixture of writing, talking, and drawing
  • Differentiates numbers from letters and associates proper sounds with each
  • Forms basic written words and sentences
  • Asks and answers questions
  • Knows basic parts of a preschool picture book and direction for reading texts
  • Identifies written form of own name

Involving Your Preschooler

While the purpose of the progress reports is to show you whether your preschooler is able to perform necessary skills, you can also share the reports with your child. Even preschoolers can set small goals and work toward them. Tell your child what skills you are working on and show him what skills he has already learned. Sharing a progress report with your preschooler will give him a chance to revel in his success and give him something to work toward.

Printable Preschool Progress Reports