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Ready for Pre-K!

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Welcome to Ready for Pre-K!

  • Curious about your child’s development and learning?
  • Wondering how you can get your child ready for school?
  • Want to learn more about what to expect in Pre-K3?

For many families, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we engage with the world on a daily basis. For toddlers this may mean that they are spending less time playing at daycare and more time at home with an adult. Join us to learn more about how you can create and strong learning environment at home!

At DCPS we know that families are children’s first and most important teachers! Long before children start school they are growing and developing key skills that lay the foundation for later learning. In fact, by age 3, nearly 80% of brain development has occurred. That’s why we’re launching Ready for Pre-K! - a special DCPS Parent University series for families of toddlers and two-year-olds. These sessions will provide information about growth and development, ways to support your child’s learning at home, and help you to feel confident that your child is Ready for Pre-K!

Each virtual learning session will focus on a different area of learning that is closely related to children’s success in Pre-K and beyond. Sessions will be facilitated by a variety of content experts including DCPS early childhood Instructional Specialists, Pre-K teachers, DCPS Early Childhood Family Services Team members and other experts in child development. Each session will offer the opportunity to ask our experts questions about your child’s development and how you can support their learning at home.

Register for an Upcoming Session

Sign up for a session at bit.ly/dcpsecersvp

Social Emotional Learning and Development: Laying the Foundation for Success in Pre-K
Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30-6:30 pm

Building Children's Language Skills: Getting Ready for Pre-K One Conversation at a Time
Wednesday, December 16 at 5:30-6:30 pm

Early Literacy Development: Getting Ready for Pre-K3!
Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30-6:30 pm

Additional Resources

Early Stages

CDC Information for Families

OSSE Early Learning

Zero to Three

PBS Kids for Parents

Books from Birth

DC Public Library Sing, Talk and Read (S.T.A.R)

Infant and Toddler Nutrition CDC

Certificate of Attendance

Parenting DCPS students are eligible to receive a Certificate of Attendance for attending five Ready for Pre-K sessions during the school year. For more information, contact: [email protected].