Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guides

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Great Start/Early Childhood Development and Family Education, is pleased to share a resource for parents of children entering kindergarten. The resource is a culmination of many offices within MDE working together to develop Parent Guides, a series of tip sheets which highlight a variety of questions parents may have when their children are entering kindergarten.

The Parent Guides were developed out of a request from a stakeholder group of parents of young children who reported that the most difficult transition time for them was kindergarten entry. The Parent Guides were reviewed by the Parent Involvement Committee of the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC) and were approved by the MICC and authorized for distribution by MDE.

MDE is excited to now provide Parent Guides in Spanish and Arabic.  If you would like electronic copies of the Arabic guides, please contact Cheryl Najm at najmc@michigan.gov

Directory of Parent Guides

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Directory (Spanish) PDF icon
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Introduction - Entry Into Kindergarten
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Introduction (Spanish) PDF icon

Is My Child Required to Attend Kindergarten?
Parent Guide #1 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #1 (Spanish) PDF icon

How Do I Know if My Child Is Ready for Kindergarten?
Parent Guide #2 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #2 (Spanish) PDF icon

How Do I Enroll My Child in Kindergarten?
Parent Guide #3 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #3 (Spanish) PDF icon

Early Entry Option for Kindergarten Enrollment
Parent Guide #4 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #4 (Spanish) PDF icon

What if My Child Has a Disability?
Parent Guide #5 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #5 (Spanish) PDF icon

Selecting Full or Half-Day Kindergarten, Which Is Best for My Child?
Parent Guide #6 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #6 (Spanish) PDF icon

How Will My Child Get to School?
Parent Guide #7 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #7 (Spanish) PDF icon

What Does a Great Kindergarten Program Look Like?
Parent Guide #8 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #8 (Spanish)PDF icon

What Will My Child Do in Kindergarten?
Parent Guide #9 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #9 (Spanish)PDF icon

Why Play in Kindergarten?
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Parent Guide #10 (Spanish)PDF icon

What Will My Child Learn in Kindergarten? Reading and Math Success = Student Success
Parent Guide #11 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #11 (Spanish)PDF icon

What Will My Child Learn in Kindergarten? Student Success in Science, Technology, Social Studies, Nutrition and Health, Physical Education, the Arts, Careers, and for some, World Languages
Parent Guide #12 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #12 (Spanish)
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How Do I Know if My Child Is Learning?
Parent Guide #13 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #13 (Spanish)PDF icon

What if There Are Concerns About My Child's Development?
Parent Guide #14 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #14 (Spanish)PDF icon

What Is a 504 Plan for Students with Disabilities?
Parent Guide #15 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #15 (Spanish) PDF icon

What Can I Do at Home?
Parent Guide #16 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #16 (Spanish)PDF icon

How Can I Help My Child Become a Reader?
Parent Guide #17 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #17 (Spanish)PDF icon

How Can I Help My Child Ease Those First Day Jitters?
Parent Guide #18 (English)  PDF icon
Parent Guide #18 (Spanish) PDF icon

Are There Books to Read to Get My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Parent Guide #19 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #19 (Spanish)PDF icon

How Can I Be Engaged With My Child's Education?
Parent Guide #20 (English) PDF icon
Parent Guide #20 (Spanish) PDF icon

What About Communication?
Parent Guide #21 (English) PDF icon
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What Do I Do if My Child Does Not Speak English?
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Parent Guide #22 (Spanish)PDF icon

What About Sharing My Family Culture?
Parent Guide #23 (English)PDF icon
Parent Guide #23 (Spanish)PDF icon

Will My Child Benefit From an Extra Year of Kindergarten?
Parent Guide #24 (English)  PDF icon
Parent Guide #24 (Spanish) PDF icon