Kindergarten Readiness

Preparing Children for Success in School

The first day of Kindergarten is a big step for kids. Without the right preparation, many girls and boys can find themselves behind from the start, not ready emotionally, socially and developmentally. This is especially true for children from low-income families who may not have had significant exposure to structured learning environments before starting kindergarten.

Among the nearly 15 million children living in poverty in America, half are not ready for school by their fifth birthday. They’re more likely to start school with limited language skills, health problems and social and emotional problems that interfere with learning.

Research shows that the transition from early childhood care or home to kindergarten is a significant milestone in the lives of young children, their families and teachers. And when that transition is well planned, children have fewer adjustment problems and more continuous developmental progress.

Save the Children is proud to offer KinderBoost, a school readiness program helping kids and families familiarize themselves with their new school surroundings, while also immersing children in early learning activities that help put the on even footing with their peers.

How KinderBoost Works

Save the Children’s 10-day KinderBoost school readiness program connects incoming kindergarteners and their families with school teachers and staff, allowing them to spend time in their future classrooms, engage in early learning activities and experience what a day in kindergarten is like. It also gives them the chance to meet some of their future classmates, so they feel more comfortable when that first day of school comes.

The two-week program includes:

  • Skill-based learning centers focusing on math, literacy, fine motor skills and more
  • An in-school field trip
  • A family literacy event
  • Resources for families to help their children prepare for success in school, including children’s books, school supplies and a backpack
  • A graduation celebration

KinderBoost Works

  • 85% of parents strongly agreed that they felt more comfortable sending their child to kindergarten because of KinderBoost
  • 96% of parents strongly agreed that their child was more comfortable starting kindergarten because of the program

Learn More About KinderBoost

Download the KinderBoost Overview


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