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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Getting ready for Kindergarten is a very exciting time in a child's life, but it can also be filled with worry and anxiety for both parents and children.  Please check out this page of resources that we have put together to assist you and your child in preparing for Kindergarten.  

What does my child need to know when they go to Kindergarten?

This is a BIG question that many parents of young children wonder!  One of the best resources that we have to offer parents is Minnesota's Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, commonly known as "ECIPs."  These indicators provide a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations from infancy all the way up to entering Kindergarten.  At La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools, all of our early childhood programs, such as Discovery Preschool and Early Childhood Family Education, are centered around these early learning standards.       

Minnesota's Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs)

The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs) are Minnesota’s early learning standards. The early childhood years (from birth to the start of kindergarten) are an important time of rapid growth and learning. Children’s brains are developing more quickly at this time than at any other. Young children are exploring what they can do with their bodies and creating relationships with loved ones. They are investigating how the world works and their place in that world. Because of this complex and rapid development in young children, a shared set of expectations of what young children can know and do is necessary to build successful early childhood education programs and supports.

In Minnesota, this set of shared expectations is called the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards (ECIPs). The areas of learning or domains covered by the ECIPs include physical and movement development; language, literacy and communicationsmathematics; scientific thinking; social systems - cognitive domain; approaches to learning; the arts; and social and emotional development.  Revised and expanded in 2016, these standards are a framework for a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for children ages birth to kindergarten, within a context of shared responsibility for helping children meet these expectations. The ECIPs are aligned to the Minnesota Kindergarten Academic Standards.

What if I am worried my child isn't meeting developmental milestones?

If you are feeling worried that your child is not meeting developmental milestones, there are many resources that you can turn to for further exploration.  Families are encouraged to communicate concerns with their medical care providers and to also discuss them with others that provide care for your child, such as a child care provider.  Two additional resources for families are listed below.      

Help Me Grow Minnesota

Help Me Grow provides resources for families to understand developmental milestones and learn if there are concerns. This helps families take the lead in seeking additional support or referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost.  Minnesota's Help Me Grow is an interagency initiative of the State of Minnesota Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of Human Services. Help Me Grow partners with all local service agencies.

Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing. Between the ages of 3 and 4, screening can detect possible health or learning concerns, so that children can get help before they start school.