Is Transitional Kindergarten Right for Your Child?

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October 28, 2019


Almost as soon as parents announce that they will be having a child in the summertime the questions from family and friends begin… Will you have him/her start kindergarten on the young or older end of the group?  This question reflects a growing trend in many communities where families have access to high quality Transitional Kindergarten programs.

At LEAP, our Transitional Kindergarten is specifically designed for children who have summer birthdays and who may benefit from an additional year before entering public school kindergarten.  The children thrive in this program because it prioritizes the early developmental education for children, specifically the needs of 5-year-olds.  Five year olds need intellectual challenges and they crave responsibility, yet emotionally they are still building their sense of themselves among their peers.  We offer small groups, a close age-range of peers, excellent teachers, and a specifically designed curriculum that steps up the expectations from a 4-year-old group and prepares the children to be independent and confident kindergarten students.

Some reasons to consider Transitional Kindergarten for your child include:

  • Your child has a quiet or cautious personality and would benefit from being on the older side of his/her school cohort going forward,
  • Your child is still developing “school skills” such as being able to inhibit impulses, focus on a task, or follow directions, or
  • The norms in your school system are for children to enter kindergarten closer to 6 years old.

Recent research demonstrates that children who enter kindergarten with greater emotional maturity see the advantages throughout their educational path.

At LEAP our teachers and directors are here to support you as you face this decision for your child.  We would gladly meet with you to discuss your child’s development at any time.