Gearing Up for Kindergarten

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Rob Lech, Superintendent at Jamestown, ND

“I was fortunate to be involved at the ground level with Gearing Up for Kindergarten. It has had a significant impact on how strongly I feel about early education and the power of parent involvement at the primary level. There is a common misconception that Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a pre-k program, but it’s really a stand-alone program for kindergarten readiness and parent involvement. It works well in partnership with other programs.

One of the biggest concerns among kindergarten teachers is that incoming students have such varying levels of readiness, but Gearing Up for Kindergarten can be a significant benefit in helping to even out those levels and make the kindergarten experience much better for the child and the parent. With the increasing standards of the Common Core, addressing these gaps have become an even bigger focus.  Additionally, Gearing up for Kindergarten helps parents and incoming students address the transition of moving from home, daycare, and pre-k education into the K-12 setting.    

This is also an important factor for administrators, school boards, and policymakers to understand. The program’s research is solid and it works in North Dakota because it was designed and piloted in North Dakota.”

Rob Lech
Superintendent of Schools
Jamestown

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