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Parents and
caregivers are
a child’s first
and
most
important

teacher

Mom with hand puppets and a baby


Child stacking alphabet blocks

90%
of brain growth
happens in the

first 5 years


To prepare for school success,
families are encouraged to:


WHAT IS KINDERGARTEN READINESS?

Kindergarten readiness means children enter school with basic skills that will help them learn and play in the classroom.

  • Kindergarten readiness means children enter school with basic skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will help them learn and play in the classroom. In Kentucky this means that each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences.

  • Read, talk, count, play, move, and connect with your child to help them discover the joy of learning. Learning time does not need to be an additional thing on the to-do list. It can occur anytime, anyplace! Let’s Learn resources and activities can be easily integrated into your daily routines to help your child be prepared when they enter kindergarten.

  • The CDC defines developmental milestones as skills, such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving goodbye. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. As a parent it’s important to remember you already have what it takes to help your young child learn and grow; children develop at their own pace. 

  • All children develop at different rates, if your child isn’t yet meeting one of these milestones, that’s okay. The CDC has tips for supporting your child’s development. The CDC or your child’s doctor can help you find out what to do if your child is not meeting the milestone for their age, or if you have concerns.

  • Whether it’s before beginning kindergarten or at the start of the year, a peek into another child’s day, in a similar setting, can ease children’s anxieties. 

What is kindergarten readiness?

Kindergarten readiness means children enter school with basic skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will help them learn and play in the classroom. In Kentucky this means that each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences.

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What can I do to get my child kindergarten ready?

Read, talk, count, play, move, and connect with your child to help them discover the joy of learning. Learning time does not need to be an additional thing on the to-do list. It can occur anytime, anyplace! Let’s Learn resources and activities can be easily integrated into your daily routines to help your child be prepared when they enter kindergarten.

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What are developmental milestones?

The CDC defines developmental milestones as skills, such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving goodbye. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. As a parent it’s important to remember you already have what it takes to help your young child learn and grow; children develop at their own pace. 

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What if I’m concerned about my child’s development?

All children develop at different rates, if your child isn’t yet meeting one of these milestones, that’s okay. The CDC has tips for supporting your child’s development. The CDC or your child’s doctor can help you find out what to do if your child is not meeting the milestone for their age, or if you have concerns.

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A day in the life of a kindergartner

Whether it’s before beginning kindergarten or at the start of the year, a peek into another child’s day, in a similar setting, can ease children’s anxieties. 

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