This afternoon, NC Pre-K directors received more than 300 Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits and kindergarten registration packets to be distributed to NC Pre-K students at 13 child care centers!
The Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits are a key component of the Transition to Kindergarten Initiative. The Kits provide school readiness materials designed to prepare children and families for the transition from home to kindergarten, and each one contains items that promote early literacy, enhance emotional and fine motor development, and prompt creativity. Thanks to a grant from the Community Care Fund of the Doing Good in the Neighborhood Campaign, coordinated by Duke University’s Office of Durham & Regional Affairs, we were able to build 1,600 kits this year. All of the kits are compiled by volunteers, and the ones given out to NC Pre-K students today were built by the awesome team at Windsor Circle.
The kindergarten registration packets are part of the upcoming Kindergarten Registration Week. The packets provide parents with all of the information and forms they need to ease the process of registering for school. We’ve taken a multi-pronged approach to reach as many rising kindergartners in the community as possible. The packets distributed today will go to NC Pre-K students in private child care centers, and packets have also been distributed to DPS classrooms and rising kindergartners at nearly 30 other child care centers and community agencies.
Additionally, we are partnering with some wonderful local businesses in order to meet families out in the community. Volunteers will be stationed at these businesses throughout Durham all week to distribute registration packets to parents of young children. We are still in need of volunteers, so please sign up for an open slot and take part in the important work of preparing children for school.
With your help, we hope to reach thousands of rising kindergartners and their parents and make this inaugural event a huge success!
Please click on this link to sign up to volunteer. Thank you for your help and your commitment to young children in Durham!