Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is a critical component for your child’s success. In fact, an article in Psychology Today shared that children who learned more in kindergarten were less likely to become single parents, went to college in higher numbers, and had higher incomes than their peers.  While it provides a solid foundation for your child’s future, how do you ensure your child is kindergarten-ready?

Preparation is key. The Y offers preschool classes designed to address the four main domains of childhood development: communication, problem-solving, motor skills, and socio emotional intelligence. Laying the foundation not only for your child’s journey into kindergarten but also as a lifelong learner is the ultimate goal of the program.

As a human’s brain is 90% developed by the age of 5, the Y also provides a variety of parent-child programming where parents and caregivers can support and nurture this important stage in their child’s development.  From Early Learning Readiness to parent-child classes and Little Guides events, these opportunities prepare children for school while strengthening the bond between parent and child. After all, as a parent, you are your child’s first, and most important, teacher.

Teaching your child new vocabulary words, exercising in a fun dance-off, or socializing your little one with other children during Circle Time are just a few of the ways we partner with you to fire up your child’s neurons. The more activities you do together, the better-prepared your child will be when entering kindergarten and the more childhood memories you’ll create for a lifetime.

The early years of parenting may sometimes feel as daunting as climbing Mt. Everest. Just remember, you’re not alone. Organizations like the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles are here to support you every step of the way.