Transitioning into Kindergarten is a big step for children and their parents. When it is successful, a child is more likely to feel confident and secure, with greater chance for school success. The year leading up to Kindergarten is particularly important time for parents to help their children build the skills they will use in the classroom. To assist in promoting school readiness, Coalition partners have adopted the use of the Ready Freddy Kindergarten Tranisition program.
Ready Freddy is an initiative of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, the project was designed with an emphasis on preparing families and young children for the transition to kindergarten. It utilizes efficient and effective outreach strategies, working with schools, families, and communities. It is unique in that the program works to bring together all the necessary elements and participants for a quality transition.
The Ready Freddy program includes;
- Community and family awareness activities and events
- Distribution of activities calendars to families whose children will be entering school the following Fall
- Resources for families to help get their child ready for school
- School and community based transition activities such as Kinderclubs and summer Kindercamps
- Beginning of school celebrations
When communities, schools and families work together, children entering kindergarten have a better chance at school success!