Kindergarten Skills Inventory

Ready to Learn

According to local kindergarten teachers, 1 in 6 Quad Cities children was not ready to learn on their first day of school.

Kindergarten isn’t finger-painting anymore

Kindergarten has changed from when you were little. The things that they taught in first grade thirty years ago (the alphabet, simple math, how to tell time) are now taught in Kindergarten.

That means that all the things that you learned how to do in kindergarten when you were little, your children have to know how to do before they ever get to kindergarten.

It’s never too early to get your child ready for kindergarten

From the day your baby is born, you have 2,000 days until they start school. Sign up for Text Message Reminders that will help your child get ready for school.

Take the quiz.  Is your child ready for kindergarten?

In 2012, a group of Quad Cities kindergarten teachers got together a list of the ten things your child most needs to know how to do before they enter school for the first time.

Does your child have patience? If not, click HERE
Does your child share with others? If not, click HERE
Can your child explain thoughts and opinions? If not, click HERE
Can your child get dressed, use a bathroom, without help? If not, click HERE
Does your child do well in new situations? If not, click HERE
Does your child take part in group activities? If not, click HERE
Can your child hold a pencil and use scissors? If not, click HERE
Can your child figure out ways to solve problems? If not, click HERE
Does your child explore the world and ask questions? If not, click HERE
Does your child like to listen to stories? If not, click HERE

United Way Resources.

Low Resolution Printable Poster for 11×17 paper
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Beyond the Book – suggested activities you can do with your child to help them bring their Imagination Library books to life.
Imagination Library – one free book a month for any Quad Cities child ages 0 to 5.
Kindergarten Skills Inventory Brochure laid out to be printed back-to-back on Tabloid paper.

We are here to help.

Contact United Way of the Quad Cities Area for more information.

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OTHER RESOURCES

Scott County Kids – featuring a checklist of what to look for when you’re picking a quality preschool program for your child.

Rock Island Regional Office of Education – offers services for parents raising their children at home, including educational materials and ideas for fun activities.

Child Care Resource and Referral –
• Parent Referral Line (toll free): 1-(855)CHILD-01
• Contact a Parent Specialist via email: referrals@iacommunityaction.org
• General Questions: ccrria@iacommunityaction.org

The Now What? blog offers resources for parents

The PBS Kids Lab – sponsored by National Public Television, this web site offers ideas for fun activities you can do with your children using items you find in the home.

For further community resources, visit the United Way of the Quad Cities Area Childcare Resources page.

Click here for the full list of the Funded Program allocations in the the 2014-2015 year.

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