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It’s not too early to think about kindergarten!

February 06, 2019

Child Welfare,

Sure, it’s only January. But now is the perfect time to start getting your preschooler ready for kindergarten.

You may not think about preparing your child for the transition to kindergarten until a month or two before class begins, but experts say that successful transitioning is a process that should begin the year before.

Whether your child is in preschool, child care, or at home, the evolution from your current situation to kindergarten can be both an exciting and busy time.

Getting Ready

These events and resources can guide you through the process.

In Anchorage

  • January 26: Parents and kids can visit the Loussac Library at 11 am for the Countdown to Kindergarten event. More info 
  • February: The Anchorage School District hosts Visit Our School Month throughout the month and has more tips for getting ready. More info
  • February 21: Register now for thread’s next ParentTALK, focusing on the school programs available in the Anchorage School District. It’s free! More info

In Fairbanks

In Juneau

  • March 21: Families can attend the Early Learning Fair from 4-6 pm at Mendenhall Valley Public Library to register your child for kindergarten as well as get free immunizations as well as hearing and vision screenings.
  • Other resources, forms, and class schedules are available for parents here.

Many schools host tours or kindergarten open houses in the spring. Check with your local school district for times and dates. 

Before School Starts

As the time gets closer, the National Association for the Education of Young Children suggests additional ways to prepare your child for kindergarten. Here are a few:

  • Visit the school and meet the teacher. If there is a visiting day to meet your child’s teacher and see the classroom before school starts, make sure to participate.
  • Start your school routine early. To reduce stress and get used to new routines, adjust new bedtimes or wake up times a few weeks before school begins.
  • Get your paperwork done. Be sure to inform your teacher and nurse if your child has allergies or special needs.

Check out NAEYC’s full list of tips here.

In the meantime, enjoy being the parent of a soon-to-be kindergartner! This is your child’s first step into elementary school and a special time in childhood. Enjoy!