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Every child in Washtenaw County enters school ready to succeed.


This is a big year for your child! They may start kindergarten, gain a new sense of independence, make some big developmental achievements, and continue to develop social relationships.

Your local school district can provide all of the information you need to register your child for kindergarten.
One important step is to check with your doctor to ensure that your child has the required immunizations.

Visit Healthy Children for more information about your child's growth and development, about preparing for the kindergarten experience, for solutions on handling defiance, and much more.


At 5 years old your child should be able to:

  • Assist in making their bed
  • Color within the lines
  • Tie their shoes
  • Jump rope independently
  • Use past, present, and future tense accurately
  • Group similar objects together
  • Understand the idea of today, tomorrow, and yesterday
  • Identify most letters and numbers
  • Retell a story from a picture book with reasonable accuracy
  • Comfort friends who are hurt or sad
  • Understand that games have rules
  • Express feelings

If you have concerns about your child's development, contact the Washtenaw ISD Early Childhood Department at (734) 994-8100, ext. 1832.

Ready for Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for you and your child. It can also be an anxious time. Parents often ask, "Is my child ready for kindergarten? Do they have the skills they need to be successful?"

Children often wonder, "Who will help me? Will I miss home?"

Michigan Department of Education provides a complete series of articles that will help you to prepare for the first day of kindergarten, including lists of activities, what skills are expected, books about starting school, and how you can help your child through the transition of the first weeks.

If your child’s birthdate falls near the cutoff, or you are still undecided about whether your child is ready for kindergarten, talk with your pediatrician, consider visiting the local elementary school, and check out Healthy Children for a different perspective to help you make an informed decision.


Helping your Preschool Child Become a Reader

Learning to read and write begins at birth. Children learn to read and write because they are natural communicators. They want to share needs, feelings, and ideas with family members, teachers, and friends.

First Steps Towards Reading and Writing

Ten Tips for Reading with Young Children


Books Preschoolers Like

  • Ones that tell stories (like fairy tales and legends)
  • Books about kids that look like them and live like them
  • Books about different places and different ways of living
  • Books about going to school and making friends
  • Books with simple text they can memorize
  • Counting books, alphabet books, vocabulary books

Healthy Eating

Eating healthy foods enables children to perform better in school. Once your child enters kindergarten, they will be eating one meal a day away from home. To ensure that your child makes healthy choices, check out the following sites for information about food groups and interactive games that allow your child to learn about healthy eating habits.

USDA Health and Nutrition Information

Healthy Eating and Your Family

Healthy Lunches to Pack for Kids

Prevent Accidents and Injury

As your child grows, they will be spending greater parts of the day away from you. It is more important now that your child understand basic safety precautions, such as wearing a helmet when biking, crossing the street safely, avoiding dangerous substances, and not talking to strangers.

Child Safety Tips For Parents

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