Gearing Up for Kindergarten


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Gearing Up for Kindergarten

Preparing for your child to enter kindergarten is a challenge, that’s why Gearing Up for Kindergarten, a parent-child school readiness program offers educational classes that prepare the parent for their child’s success in school. The 16 week class allows the child to be exposed to key readiness concepts and prepares the adult for their child’s education.

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A child’s success in school is often critical to his or her future. The academic and social expectations of children entering kindergarten have changed a great deal from previous generations. Parents are a child’s first and best teachers, but many parents need and want support in their role of preparing their children for success in school. Research on the importance of children’s early years, increased high standards fostered by laws such as No Child Left Behind, and an emphasis on school readiness have combined to trigger greater interest by parents in helping young children enter school successfully.

National research suggests that teachers estimate 32% of kids have some problems entering kindergarten, while another 16% have difficult entries into kindergarten. Current research also shows that quality early childhood programs produce more successful students, better transitions between home and school, and increased abilities of children to navigate their world. Across the United States and the world, tens of thousands of young children between ages 0 and 5 are preparing for their entry into school and needing to gain knowledge and skills for success.

Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a prevention-focused parent and family education program designed to facilitate child development, school readiness and healthy parenting. The program focuses on engaging families with a child entering kindergarten in the next 1-2 years. The Gearing Up for Kindergarten program provides families with an intensive educational experience that combines preschool learning activities for pre-kindergarten children with parent education opportunities for adults.

Check to see if you have a Gearing Up for Kindergarten program near you!

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