Gearing Up for Kindergarten


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Gearing Up for Kindergarten

A parent and family involvement program that supports: 

Child Development

School Readiness

Healthy Parenting


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

  • Playing, reading and talking with your child are important teaching tools
  • Parents are their child's first and most influential teacher
  • Parent involvement can make a huge impact on how well your child does in school

Participants learn techniques to help their child develop these skills:

  • Academic
  • Social 
  • Emotional
  • Motor
  • Language

Research on the Gearing Up for Kindergarten program suggests:

  • 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. 
  • Skills/Development (compared to children who did not participate in Program)
    • Social skill development - 3 x higher
    • Emotional skill development - 2 x higher
    • Familiarity with numbers - 4 x higher
    • Familiarity with the alphabet - 2 1/2 x higher

Entering kindergarten is a major transition in the life of a child and his or her parents.

    • Kids need to be ready for school
    • Schools need to be ready for kids

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 

Learn about the program:

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