Kindergarten Readiness

Starting kindergarten is a big step for children. They will meet new people, spend time in a new classroom and learn new rules. As a parent or caregiver, you can help your child start kindergarten ready to succeed.

In their earliest years, children can learn so many things simply through playing, exploring and reading with you. It’s never too early to give your child a lifelong love of learning!

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) believes that school readiness is about much more than whether a child is ready. Many people have a role to play in ensuring children enter kindergarten ready to learn!

We believe the kindergarten readiness equation is:

Ready children + Ready schools + Ready parents and families + Ready communities

DEL has committed to working with our private partner, Thrive by Five Washington, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to support families, parents, schools and communities in helping children succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is our state's kindergarten readiness process.
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Kindergarten readiness tips

Every child develops in his own way, but there are some things for your family to think about when getting your child ready to start kindergarten.
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