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Ready Freddy: Pathways to Kindergarten Success
Explore a wealth of free resources for both families and practitioners, such as an online interactive book for children and a learning activity calendar. A video on getting children ready for kindergarten includes parent interviews about the experience of sending their child to school. This comprehensive website also offers articles that address kindergarten transition issues like transition team-building, ways to bring parents and schools together for transition planning, the importance of school attendance, and more.

Articles

Transition to Kindergarten: What is it and Why is it important?
Learn more about what transitioning to kindergarten is and why it is important.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
This article gives tips about what families can do to prepare both them and their child before, during, and after their child begins attending kindergarten.

Videos

Families Engaging in the Transition to Kindergarten
In this video, hear about Head Start parents' hopes for their children as they prepare for the move to kindergarten. Explore research-based strategies on using information, relationships, and alignment to build stability and consistency for children and families.
The Reading League’s Reading Buddies YouTube Channel
The Reading League has created a children's show to support early literacy skills, including phonemic awareness, phonics, letter formation, and more. The episodes are available on their YouTube Channel.

Kindergarten Information and Q & A

The Oregon Legislature approved the kindergarten bill in July 1981 to require all school districts to offer kindergarten by 1991. Most school districts jumped in within a few years after 1981.  Oregon funded full-day kindergarten in 2015.

Kindergarten is not a required grade in Oregon, as compulsory school attendance does not begin until age 6. Because of this, parents can choose not to send their child to kindergarten. This does mean, however, that the child will enter first grade the following year (whether or not they attended kindergarten).

​Early entry is based on the decision of the local school board, which is based on the determination of that particular child's cognitive, social, and physical development needs. 

*The ORS for Early Entry is 336.095​ 


All children between the ages of 6 and 18 years who have not completed the 12th grade are required to regularly attend a public full-time school during the entire school term.

Children five years of age who have been enrolled in a public school are required to regularly attend the public school while enrolled in the public school.

A child is considered to be six years of age if the sixth birthday of the child occurred on or before September 1 immediately preceding the beginning of the current school term.

*The ORS for Compulsory school attendance is 339.010​ 


School districts must offer half-day kindergarten and may choose to offer full-day kindergarten. Districts must provide kindergarten facilities free of charge. Kindergarten shall be funded in the same manner as other grades (ADM shall be calculated as per ORS 327.006). 

​*The ORS for full-day and half-day kindergarten is 336.095​ 


For more information on this topic, contact Mindi Helmandollar-Armatas.