Getting Ready for Kindergarten

About this resource
Reviewed: 2017

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Online Resource(s)

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar
This calendar, provided by the United Way of Champaign County, is filled with ideas, activities and tips for you and your child to read, talk, and play every day! Also in Spanish.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (K.I.D.S.)
This website contains information for parents and teachers about the K.I.D.S. Assessment required by the Illinois State Board of Education, as well as resources to help families prepare for kindergarten and a successful start in school.

Get Set 4 Kindergarten
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library provides a month by month guide to school readiness which includes skill development, health, and reading readiness.

Parents’ Reports of the School Readiness of Young Children
This report from the National Household Education Surveys Program presents data on the school readiness of children in the United States as reported by their parents in 2007. Topics addressed include the participation of young children in preschool or other types of center-based care or education arrangements, parental plans for kindergarten enrollment, and an assessment of what parents should do to prepare their children for kindergarten.

What about Kindergarten?
This page on the U.S. Department of Education website includes activities designed to help a child get ready for kindergarten. There are additional activities specifically to help set the child on the path to school success as the first day of school approaches.

Usted y su niño en edad preescolar — Spanish (You and Your Preschool Child: ToolKit for Hispanic Families)

Raising a School-Ready Child: A Family Guide
This guide from the Center on the Family at the University of Hawaii at Manoa defines a school-ready child as one that is prepared to learn successfully when beginning school. It gives examples of everyday activities parents can use to develop the traits and skills children need to be prepared to learn.

NAEYC for Families
These articles from the National Association for the Education of Young Children provide tips for parents to prepare themselves and their child for kindergarten.

Additional Resource(s)

Family Concerns and Involvement during Kindergarten Transition
Leah K. Wildenger and Laura Lee McIntyre
Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2011

Young Children’s Approaches to Learning: A Sociocultural Perspective
Jie-Qi Chen, Ann Masue, and Gillian McNamee
Early Child Development and Care, 2011


Successful Kindergarten Transitions: Your Guide to Connection Children, Families, & Schools
Robert C. Pianta and Marcia Kraft-Sayre
Brookes Publishing, 2003

Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?: A Tool Kit for Preparing Children and Families
Angele Sancho Passe
Redleaf Press, 2010

Children’s Books

Tom Goes to Kindergarten
Margaret Wild and Denise Shanahan
Albert Whitman & Company, 2000

The Twelve Days of Kindergarten
Deborah Lee Rose
Harry N. Abrams, 2017

I’m Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Annye Rothenberg
Perfecting Parenting Press, 2013

My First Day of School
Nancy J. Skarmeas
Candy Cane Press, 2001

Dad’s First Day
Mike Wohnoutka
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2015

Wemberly Worried
Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books, 2000