Transition to Kindergarten

First Day of School

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time!
Preparing your child ahead of time helps ease the transition from Preschool to Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Roundup Information
The links below will take you to information about area Kindergarten Roundup events.

Hays Kindergarten Roundup

Hays Kindergarten Roundup Spanish

HFE Kindergarten Roundup

Plainville Kindergarten Roundup

Ellis Kindergarten Roundup

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Transition Notebooks
Transition notebooks give your child a chance to familiarize themselves with their new school.
You will find pictures of the school, staff members and other important information in the links below.

Lincoln Transition Notebook

OLoughlin Elementary Transition Notebook

Roosevelt Elementary Transition Notebook

Simpson Elementary Transition Notebook

Washington Grade School Transition Notebook

Wilson Elementary

Additional Resources
The links below provide a variety of additional resources related to Kindergarten transition.

Connections Mental Health Coordinator, Holly Creamer discusses how parents can help their child can make a smooth transition to Kindergarten. Click to see the video.

You and Your Young Child

Kindergarten in Kansas English

Kindergarten in Kansas Spanish

Kindergarten in Kansas Arabic

Kindergarten in Kansas Burmese

Kindergarten in Kansas Swahili

Kindergarten in Kansas Vietnamese

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How To Be An Effective Advocate for Your Child


Follow the links below to find early childhood literacy information from area libraries.

Hays Public Library

Russell Public Library

Read About Kindergarten!

Reading books about kindergarten to children is a wonderful way to help them prepare for the big transition from Head Start to elementary school. These special read-alouds were recorded with love by staff from the National Office of Head Start.

First Day Jitters (English)
by Julie Danneberg
Read by Dr. Amanda Bryans

First Day Jitters (Spanish)
by Julie Danneberg
Read by Dayana Garcia

The Kissing Hand (English)
by Audrey Penn
Read by Dr. Deborah Bergeron, director, OHS

The Kissing Hand (Spanish)
by Audrey Penn
Read by Jennifer Amaya


Follow the links below to find information about the Big Brothers/Sister program.

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