Parent Center

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Welcome to the Ready! Set! School! Parent Center. The resources listed below are made available on this site to help parents find more experiences and ideas to prepare their children for kindergarten. You can access these resources at any time by clicking on the top menu.

Tips for a Successful First Week of School

  • Have your child tell you the plan for after school - exactly where to be picked up or which bus to take.
  • Label all outerwear.
  • Dress your child in clothes that can be put on and taken off independently, such as elastic-waist pants and shoes with Velcro closures.
  • Dress your child in clothing that is appropriate for sitting on carpets and outdoor play.
  • Pack a "reassurance" such as a family picture, a small stuffed animal, or a note from home in your child's backpack.
  • Don't over-schedule after-school activities; your child will likely be tired.
  • Check your child's backpack after school. There may be several forms for you to fill out and return.
  • Celebrate the end of the first day.
  • Begin your after-school routine, which may include a snack, playtime, and quiet book time.
  • Ask your child specific questions about the day, such as: "Who did you play with? What was today's story about? Where did you play? What did you make?"

Around Town

This calendar offers events for pre-school children and their parents, including story times and parenting classes, categorized by region. If you are aware of activities appropriate for pre-school children that are not listed, please submit them to the webmaster.

> Go to the Around Town calendar now.

Idea Exchange

The discussion board provides an opportunity to share your ideas and experiences using Ready! Set! School! with other parents and other relevant topics. There is also a discussion board designated for those who speak Spanish.

> Go to the Idea Exchange now.

Playgroup Connection

The Playgroup Connection provides tips for creating your own playgroup or joining a playgroup. You can also follow links to list your own playgroup in your area so that other parents with children can join.

> Go to the Playgroup Connection now.

Resource Directory

Categorized by region, this database features organizations that provide fun and engaging activities for children in addition to local educational resources to help you prepare your child for life of learning. The Resource Directory also features an extensive list of recommended websites related to child development, parenting, education, and reading.

To serve Spanish-speaking parents, there is a folder with resources in Spanish.

> Go to the Resource Directory now.

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