School Age

Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklist

All six of our centers are proud to participate in DHS's Better Beginnings. One of the great resources they provide is a Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklist.


Arkansas's Definition of School Readiness: School ready children have the social and academic knowledge, skills and behaviors for school success and lifelong learning. School readiness occurs when families, schools and communities support and serve ALL children, so they are successful in school and in life.   This is a list of skills and knowledge that will help your child be ready for kindergarten. The checklist is NOT a test. It is a tool to help you see all of the things your child can do that will help him or her make the transition to kindergarten.

Get the Checklist

Open the Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklist in a new window.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has created a calendar to assist families preparing for Kindergarten. 


The Family Calendar runs from September through August. For each month there is a theme that focuses on specific kindergarten readiness indicators. Each month is divided into four weeks with suggested activities that you and your child can do together each week. Be flexible. If your child is not interested in a suggested activity, move on to something else. Allow your child to repeat activities. Children learn through repetition.

Get the Calendar

Download it here: DHS Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar