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

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