READY! for Kindergarten. Free Workshops Show Parents How to Prepare Their Child for School Success

Haverhill Cooperative School District is offering 3 free READY! for Kindergarten workshops for parents and caregivers of children ages birth to age 5. The workshops teach families new skills and helpful tips to nurture a child’s development in ways that foster essential early literacy, math, and social-emotional skills.

Three free workshops (in October, January, and April) equip parents and caregivers with age-specific learning targets, and take-home activities and tools to help babies and young children develop strong brain connections for success in school.

Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most influential teachers.  READY! for Kindergarten, will show families how to be the most effective teachers they can be to cultivate their child’s development before they begin school.

A child’s earliest learning experiences influence success in school and beyond. Actively engaging families of young children are the most effective way to make those critical developmental years count.

Each year, across the country, about 40 percent of students entering kindergarten are below the national standards in language and literacy skills. Most parents believe children who start behind will catch up within a year or two – but that is not the reality. These students struggle to catch up, but sadly most of them never do. The readiness gap before kindergarten is created from the time a child is born until age 5, so at home is the easiest place to change a child’s academic trajectory. 

 Free READY! for Kindergarten workshops are being offered on Saturday, October  23, January 15, and April 16  at 10:00 a.m. at Woodsville Elementary School.   Parents should plan to attend all 3 sessions.  To register, go to https://www.readyforkindergarten.org/sau23

For more information about the READY! for Kindergarten workshops, contact Jane Stimson  jmtstimson@hotmail.com or (603) 249-6517