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Transition to Kindergarten

kindergarten abc blocks and crayons on a yellow pad of paperIf your child will be turning five in time to start kindergarten in the fall, there are lots of question that you probably have.

Note:  Michigan law for school start age has changed, and this might not be reflected in all of the documents available. Since the 2015-2016 year, the new permanent requirement is for kindergartners to be 5 years old by September 1st. There are some exceptions to this law, but you must register before June 1 to qualify for them.

Michigan Department of Education has a set of Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guides, tip sheets (reviewed and updated in 2013) which highlight a variety of questions parents may have when their children are entering kindergarten.

  • These 24 guides are available in English, Spanish, and Arabic.
  • Topics include registering, kindergarten readiness, disability-specific concerns, and home-school communication.
  • The directory is a great place to start- English, Spanish, Arabic

More resources:

More Michigan Alliance for Families webpages related to other times of school transition:

Transition from Grade to Grade
Transition to a New School
Transition To Preschool
Transition to Kindergarten
Transition from Elementary to Middle School
Transition from Middle School to High School
Transition to Adulthood
Retention/Social Promotion

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