January 22, 2013 | Vol. 73 No. 26

Ready Freddy Kindergarten enrollment at Arlington School

Parents of children entering kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year are invited to a special parent ‘Welcome Center’ on Monday, Feb. 11 from 8:15-9:15 a.m. or 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Arlington primary school, 2429 Charcot Street in Arlington.

Staff from the Ready Freddy program and volunteers from the Carnegie Library, Hilltop Family Support, and the Brashear Association will be on hand along with Arlington school staff to help parents complete enrollment forms and to answer questions about kindergarten.

Refreshments will be provided. And families that complete the enrollment process will be eligible to win a gift basket or a Giant Eagle gift card.

Any child who will be 5 years old before September 30 is eligible to enroll for kindergarten. Parents are advised to bring their child’s: birth certificate; immunization record and two proofs of address (utility bill, driver’s license, tax return, or state ID) in order to complete the enrollment process.

Early enrollment is the first step towards making the transition to kindergarten easier for children and families. National studies highlight the fact that nearly half of children struggle with the transition into Kindergarten.

Late arrival and poor initial attendance is seen as a significant predictor of early school failure and a long-term predictor of high school dropout. Studies show involving parents in the transition process is one of the most promising practices to ensure a child’s smooth transition into school.

The Ready Freddy program is designed to help children, their families, communities and schools implement and celebrate successful, positive transition into and through kindergarten. The program is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development.

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