Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Getting your child ready for Kindergarten can be scary; maybe more for mom and dad than for the child. And while school has already begun, it's never too late get your child ready for their first year in "big kid" school. Here a few quick tips and resources to guide you through this milestone transition. As always, your center's director is here to help with any questions or concerns you have about this process. 

1. Check out your child's school's website. Chances are good your child's teacher has posted all the info you need to be sure they are prepared. 

2. Consider letting your child stay with other trusted adults for a few hours a day. This will help him or her to acclimate to being away from mom and dad.

3. Begin introducing concepts like counting, sorting, and identifying letters and numbers. Getting a head start on building these skills will make your child more confident when they are introduced at school.

4. Read, read, read! Make sure you are showing your child just how important and pleasurable reading can be by pointing out all the things you are reading throughout the day. Don’t stop with just their favorite books, but show them how newspapers, road signs, cereal boxes, recipes, and nearly everything else they encounter involves reading in some way.

5. Help them memorize their full name, phone number, and address. This is not only for their safety, but can also give them a sense of identity and self-confidence. Here is a really cool project you can do with your child to help them understand who and where they are in the world.

6. Show them how (and when) to properly introduce themselves to unfamiliar people. Your child will meet so many new people when they start school, so knowing the proper protocol for saying hello and introducing themselves to peers and teachers can go a long way in helping them make friends.

7. Most important, ask lots of questions. Make sure your child knows that you are ready and willing to listen to their concerns and help them with any confusion or problems they may encounter at school.

Enrollment Packet

Read & Download our 2017 Enrollment Packet.

Everyone who choses to enroll their child in a Quality Child Care Early Learning Center must fill out all of the info in the QCC 2017 Enrollment Packet highlighted below. Additionally, if your child is eligible for our ABC classroom, please be sure to download the additional ABC Enrollment Packet and submit it also, along with all of the required information. If you have any questions, please contact your Center's Director.  

QCC 2017 Enrollment Packet with Food Forms

ABC Little Rock 2017 Enrollment Packet

ABC Ft. Smith  2017 Enrollment Packet

USDA Team Nutrition Summer Resources

The USDA Team Nutrition has a great website to learn how we can keep our kids healthy and active all year long. They also offer information about their summer food program. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are being served at locations accross the state all summer long. To find a location near you, click here and enter your zip code. 

If you would like additional info, please contact your Center's Director

CDELS: Birth - 60 Months

Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months

Shared expectations for what children typically know, understand, and are able to do at different ages of early childhood

April 2016

The Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months was developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It is important to recognize Joelle-Jude Fontaine, the state’s Program Officer at the Foundation, who has been a supportive and encouraging partner throughout the development of not only these standards, but also the state’s family engagement and kindergarten entry screening initiatives.

Download Standards