Making the transition to kindergarten easier for parents and children with Haltonparents.ca, Ready, Set, Go! and EvenStart programs

It’s that time of year again when kindergarten enrollment for next September at the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board is well underway. As a parent, I remember the excitement and nervousness many parents feel as they get ready to send their youngsters off to school for the first time.

For that reason, I’d like to take this opportunity to share important information to help make the transition to school as smooth and easy as possible, for both parents and children.

Halton Region has pooled expertise and resources with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board and Ontario Early Years Centres to develop, implement and enhance quality children’s resources and make them available on our haltonparents.ca website under Kindergarten: Ready, Set, Go!

Now in its third year, the Ready, Set, Go! online resource features comprehensive information and tools that parents need to help their child thrive. Tools include activities you can do with your child that support development, checklists for health and setting routines, parenting tips, community supports and services, and printable resources on reading, nutrition and physical activity.

The online resource also features information about the Ready, Set, Go! and EvenStart programs.

The Ready, Set, Go! program offers 90-minute parent workshops throughout Halton this February where parents learn tips their family can use to feel in control, start school with confidence and incorporate play-based learning into every day.

The EvenStart Program is a half-day summer program at sites throughout the region for children who have not been to nursery school, preschool or child care. Through play-based learning, the program prepares children for the daily routines and structure of kindergarten while also building their social skills.

At Halton Region, we are proud of the strong partnerships we have with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, Ontario Early Years Centres, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) and Halton Multicultural Council. We hope you and your family find these resources useful.

As always, if you have any Region concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Region issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”