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Transitioning to Kindergarten

Kindergarten lays the foundation for formal education. To do well in school, children need to acquire both academic and non-academic skills-like getting along with others and sitting still and focusing. Getting ready for kindergarten really begins at birth. When minds are young, they are developing rapidly, and every experience can have a significant impact. Parents, in effect, are their children's first and most important teachers.

United Way of King County knows that the more prepared children are to make the transition to kindergarten, the better their chances of doing well throughout school. We also know that when parents nurture their children and know what to expect from them at different stages, they are more likely to give their children the confidence and skills they need to thrive in school.

Download a Getting School Ready brochure, available in seven languages, to learn more about getting kids ready for school and preparing our schools and our community to be ready for kids. This guide has been made available through a partnership that includes United Way of King County, as well as the SOAR, The Boeing Company, CHILD Profile (a program of the Washington State Department of Health), Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Puget Sound ESD.

To learn more about transitioning to kindergarten, view the following sample of publications, compiled by the National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center linking parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.

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