Preparing for Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten is an exciting adventure for kids and families! It is a new beginning for learning and for developing  friendships, confidence, and independence.


It is normal for both you and your child to have questions and even feel anxious about starting school.

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, in collaboration with First 5 San Mateo County, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is pleased to provide this handbook to help you prepare your child for a successful launch into the kindergarten adventure!

Inside, you’ll find information about:

  • The steps to enrolling in kindergarten
  • What is expected in kindergarten and transitional kindergarten
  • Skills that will ensure your child’s success
  • How to prepare yourself and your child for a successful kindergarten adventure
  • Information on afterschool childcare and tips for building successful routines


Download “Are You Ready Kindergarten Handbook

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