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Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Jumpstart

Kindergarten Jumpstart is a free program intended to give incoming Kindergarten students a jumpstart into school. Students will meet new friends, get to know the teachers, explore their school, and even take a practice school bus ride! Kindergarten Jumpstart is for children who have not had a formal preschool experience, families who are new to the school, first time Kindergarten parents, and/or children who might need a little help transitioning to the “big” school. Jumpstart takes place in August at each elementary school. Please check back later for registration information.  

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

State and Peninsula School District guidelines require that students entering Kindergarten in the fall must be five years of age on or before August 31st. However, a child whose birthdate falls on or between September 1st and October 31st may enter Kindergarten if he or she meets the early entrance  requirements. Please click on the FAQs to learn more about the Early Entrance to Kindergarten process.

For more information, please contact Kiona Rainey at 253.530.1080.


The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect key adults in a child's life. The 3 components of WaKIDS are: Family connection, whole-child assessment, and early learning collaboration. For more information on WaKIDS, click here

Readiness Activities

Click on the heading above to find a wide range of tips and videos to help you prepare your child for Kindergarten. 


Kindergarten Readiness program available for children who have not yet had access to high-quality early learning experiences prior to kindergarten. A screening process is used to determine whether a child qualifies for th program. Children must be 5 between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023. TK will be housed at Discovery Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Harbor Heights Elementary, Minter Creek Elementary, and Voyager Elementary. 
If you are interested, please go to the Early Learning Page to complete the Early Learning Interest Survey.


Si está interesado, vaya a la página de Aprendizaje Temprano para completar la Encuesta de Interés en el Aprendizaje Temprano.

Kindergarten students listening to teacher

Lisa Reaugh
Executive Director, Student Services
(253) 530-1082