10 Ways to Support Kindergarten Readiness

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For Parents

  1. Play with your child. Put down all the technology and give them your undivided attention for some fun and games. You are your child’s favorite playmate!
  2. Read to and with your child, during pregnancy, up to Kindergarten and beyond! And MORE!
  3. Learn about the development of a growing child, so you know what to expect to support your little one to be happy and healthy. And MORE!
  4. Set routines around daily activities with your child. Bedtimes routines are especially important and helpful to your child and you.
  5. Offer your child a variety of fresh fruits and veggies. Avoid sugar and overly processed food. Learn how to prepare snacks they can help you with.
  6. Use positive parenting approaches. Focus on the “do’s” and not the “don’t’s.”
  7. Join a local Play & Learn group. Look for more information at your local library.
  8. Encourage independence and responsibility. Give children little jobs around the house, then help them celebrate their success. And MORE!
  9. Praise little ones for demonstrating persistence, for working hard on a task. They’ll learn their own competence, and they’ll learn to value effort. Great assets for Kindergarten! And MORE!
  10. Take good care of yourself, and do what you need to be at your best! Seek out classes and groups with other parents that will help you feel supported and strong.

Relatives & Caring Adults

  1. Early Learning is important. To understand and support children, learn about brain development and how to help children reach their full potential. And MORE!
  2. Read to and with children! Give them books of their own if you can. And MORE! AND MORE!
  3. Talk with children! Respond to their questions, and ask them lots of open-ended questions. Listen to them.
  4. Offer children fresh fruits and veggies and avoid sugary treats. Instead, for a special time, let them prepare fun foods and snacks with you.
  5. Give parents of children you love a self-care break and take that special child on a date! Go to the park, the Children’s Museum, or just take a walk together. And MORE!
  6. Encourage independence and responsibility. Give children opportunities to stretch and to succeed at something new, then help them celebrate. And MORE!
  7. Praise little ones for demonstrating persistence, for working hard on a task. They’ll learn their own competence, and they’ll learn to value effort. Great assets for Kindergarten! And MORE!
  8. Be positive when guiding children. Focus on the “do’s” and not the “don’t’s.”
  9. Share what you learn with the parents of the children in your life, in the spirit of being an excited life-long learner.
  10. If you’re a member of a community club or church group, share what you know about early childhood experiences and encourage others to support children and families.

Business & Community

  1. Early Learning is important. To understand and support children, learn about brain development and how to help children reach their full potential. And MORE!
  2. Become a family friendly employer by adopting policies that support working parents. Those working parents will support your business in return. And MORE!
  3. Reach out to the Early Learning Community and Coalition to see how you can become engaged to create a quality workforce for tomorrow. And MORE!
  4. Learn how you can support high-quality, safe and nurturing environments wherever children are, so they reach Kindergarten ready to learn. And MORE!
  5. Visit a high-quality early learning site so you can see what high-quality looks like. Volunteer to read or play with children.
  6. Advocate for investment in quality initiatives. Business leaders make powerful messengers in support of public investment in effective programs.
  7. Support initiatives that help create stable & prosperous families. Children need quality healthcare, safe homes & neighborhoods and nurturing environments.
  8. Share what you know about early development in public meetings and personal communication to encourage others to support Early Learning Initiatives.
  9. Make financial investments to support the Early Learning work in our community. 
  10. Talk to the Children’s Council of Skagit County about current initiatives and programs in Early Learning that would benefit from your support.

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