Gearing Up for Kindergarten

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What Parents are Saying...

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in such a great program! My son LOVED it (as well as did my daughter in child-care)! I am doing some pre-k stuff with my son at home so this is one of the few pre-k activities outside of the home for him. He was actually more concerned with why I was still there! So thank you for the encouragement that he will be fine in school next year."

- participant

"I think [the class] went quite well. My son wasn't very happy with me this morning when he asked if he could 'go to Kindergarten' again tonight..."I have to wait six days? That is a long time Mom!"  So, I would say it is a great success in our house.  He was very proud to share what he did with his dad once we got home. Looking forward to the next one!  Thanks!"

- participant

"I love this class. I really like that he has time alone in his own classroom so he gets used to that idea and I also like all of the different activities parents are going to do throughout the year to help our kids learn.  I am very excited to attend this class every session and see what we both learn. Thank you!"

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Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a parent and family education program that supports child development, school readiness and healthy parenting.

View the map to find a Parent Resource Center in your area. Contact information is below along with questions and answers about the Gearing Up for Kindergarten program.

Judith Konerza, Ph. D.
Judith.konerza@gfschools.org
Parent Resource Coordinator
Grand Forks Public Schools
701-787-4216

What is Gearing Up for Kindergarten?

Why should I attend Gearing Up for Kindergarten?

What are the benefits of Gearing Up for Kindergarten?

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What Research Says About Parent Involvement in Children's Education

 

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What is Gearing Up for Kindergarten?

Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a parent and family education program that supports child development, school readiness and healthy parenting. Gearing Up for Kindergarten combines preschool learning activities for children as well as educational opportunities for parents.

Entering kindergarten is a major transition in the life of a child and his or her parents. Kids need to be ready for school, and schools need to be ready for kids. That's why Gearing Up for Kindergarten offers educational classes that prepare parents and their children for success in school.

Why should I attend Gearing Up for Kindergarten?

Playing, reading and talking with your child are important teaching tools.  You are your child's first and most influential teacher, and your involvement can make a huge impact on how well your child does in school, and impacts future success.

Parents can support their children's learning by providing them with general knowledge and age appropriate skills and strategies.

Participants learn techniques to help their child develop social, emotional, motor, language and intellectual skills.

The Gearing Up for Kindergarten program will help parents better prepare their child for success in kindergarten.

What are the benefits of Gearing Up for Kindergarten?

Students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • earn higher grades and test scores
  • have better social skills
  • have decreased alcohol use, violence, and antisocial behaviors
  • make better transitions from elementary school to middle school, then high school and beyond
  • stay in school

Research on the Gearing Up for Kindergarten program suggests that the parent school relationship is enhanced through participation in the program.  Children and parents who are prepared and know what to expect in school tend to experience less anxiety and greater enjoyment when entering school.

Documented impacts of participants indicated that:

  • Social skill development was three times higher and emotional skill development was two times higher in children who participated, compared with those who did not.
  • Familiarity with numbers was four times higher and familiarity with the alphabet was two and a half times higher for children who participated, compared with those who did not.

What Research Says About Parent Involvement in Children's Education

Parent Education Network Contact Information

Region 1 -Parent Resource Center

Mary Black, Parent Educator
PO Box 2047, Williston, ND 58802-2047
Physical: 1020 10th Ave W (Rear Entrance)
Phone: (701) 713-0663 Fax: (701)572-9794
maryb@co.williams.nd.us

Region 2 - Central Dakota Parent Resource Center

Holly Arnold, NDSU Extension Agent/Coordinator
Ward County Extension Office
Courthouse, Room 101, Box 5005
315 3rd St. S.E.
Minot, ND 58702-5005
Phone: (701) 857-6450 Fax: (701) 857-6454
holly.arnold@ndsu.edu

Region 3 - Parent Resource Center

Macine Lukach, NDSU Extension Agent/Coordinator
Cavalier County Extension Office
901 3rd St, Suite 7
Langdon, ND 58249-2457
Phone: (701) 256-2560 Fax: (701) 256-2561
macine.lukach@ndsu.edu

In partnership with:
Early Explorers Head Start and Early Head Start
1401 College Dr. N., Devils Lake, ND 58301

Region 4 - Parent Information Center

Molly Soeby, NDSU Extension Agent/Parent Educator
151 4th St. S., S302, Grand Forks, ND 58201-4715
Phone: (701) 780-8229 Fax: (701) 780-8309
molly.soeby@ndsu.edu

Judith Konerza, Coordinator
1100 13th Ave. S.
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: (701) 787-4216 Fax: (701) 746-2288
judith.konerza@gfschools.org

Region 5 - Parenting Resource Center

Angela Berge, NDSU Extension Agent/Coordinator
1010 2nd Ave. S., Box 2806
Fargo, ND 58108-2806
Phone: (701) 241-5700 Fax: (701) 241-5935
angela.berge@ndsu.edu

Region 6 - Parent Resource Center

Amy Tichy, NDSU Extension Agent/Coordinator
Barnes County Extension Office
230 4th St. N.W. #204, Valley City, ND 58072-2947
Phone: (701) 845-6652 or (701) 845-8528 Fax: (701) 845-8538
amy.j.tichy@ndsu.edu

Region 7 - Parenting Resource Center

Kathleen Schmaltz, NDSU Extension Agent/Coordinator
210 2nd Ave. N.W.
Mandan, ND 58554-3158
Phone: (701) 667-3342 Fax: (701) 667-3348
kathleen.schmaltz@ndsu.edu

Region 8 - West Dakota Parent and Family Resource Center

Debra Theurer, NDSU Extension Agent/Coordinator
Stacy Kilwein, Partners in Parenting Coordinator
336 5th St. W.
Dickinson, ND 58601-4722
Phone: (701) 456-0007 Toll-Free 1-877-264-1142
Fax: (701) 456-0008
debra.theurer@ndsu.edu
stacy.kilwein@dickinson.k12.nd.us

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