July 9, 2013 | Vol. 73 No. 50

Ready Freddy kindergarten club is in Arlington

Parents of children eligible for kindergarten in Pittsburgh Public Schools the 2013-2014 school year are invited to participate in Ready Freddy Kindergarten Clubs.

Ready Freddy, a transition program designed to ease the move into kindergarten, offers free K-Club sessions for parents and children eligible for kindergarten (child is five years old by September 30). The first day of Kindergarten for Pittsburgh Public Schools this year is August 29.

Ready Freddy currently partners with six Pittsburgh Public Schools, working with principals, teachers and other staff to make the transition to kindergarten easier for children and parents. The six partnering schools are: Arlington PreK-8, Martin Luther King PreK-8, Langley K-8, Faison K-5, Weil PreK-5 and Miller PreK-5.

National studies highlight that nearly half of children struggle with the transition into kindergarten. Involving parents in the transition process is one of the most promising practices to ensure a child’s smooth transition into school.

Kindergarten and PreK teachers, social workers, and other early childhood educators will facilitate the six two-hour Kindergarten Club sessions at: Arlington School in Arlington Weil School on the Hill, Pittsburgh Allegheny on the Northside, Sheraden Carnegie Public Library in the West End and the P.A.E.Y.C. ‘H.U.B’ on Kelly Street in Homewood. Sessions will run from noon to 2 p.m. each day.

Ready Freddy’s free Kindergarten Club (K-Club) workshops are designed for children and their parents and include fun learning activities that also help connect families to their child’s school. A full lunch will be provided for families at every session. Parents interested in enrolling in a neighborhood K-Club should contact Medina Jackson, Ready Freddy Outreach Coordinator, at 412-244-5019 or mjackson@pitt.edu.

Parents inquiring about Kindergarten Clubs are also encouraged to enroll their children in kindergarten before the start of the new school year. Parents need two proofs of address, child’s birth certificate and up to date immunization records to register.

Parents who plan to enroll their children in Pittsburgh Public Schools kindergarten during the summer should call the Pittsburgh Public Schools Parent Hotline at: 412-622-7920.

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

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