McMinnville School District offers a three-part Ready for Kindergarten workshop series at three locations, Buel, Newby and Wascher elementary schools.

Targeted to parents with children ages birth to five years old (Buel) and ages four to five (Wascher and Newby), the free workshops are designed to support parent participants in preparing children with the early learning skills needed to start and stay at grade level throughout their school career.

Dates for the 2017-18 school year are Thursdays, Sept. 28, Nov. 16, and Feb. 15. To register online click here or click here for a paper download (English/Spanish).  

Using a research-based curriculum, the workshops teach age-appropriate activities that show parents how to talk, sing, read and play with their child in simple ways that foster essential pre-literacy, pre-math and social-emotional skills.  Each participating family leaves the workshop with a child development manual and a bag of high-quality, developmentally appropriate toys and books.  All Ready for Kindergarten services and resources are provided at no cost to families.

The program has proven effective, with new assessment data that shows children whose parents participated in the Ready for Kindergarten program significantly outperformed nonparticipant children in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, as well as the Oregon state-wide average, on the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment.

Each workshop covers a different topic and includes free childcare, dinner for participating families and the opportunity to connect with other parents who have children of the same age.  

The program has been funded by grants from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Yamhill Early Learning Hub.