Get Ready for Kindergarten
Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Most children begin school in Santa Clara County when they are five years old. Whether or not your child has attended preschool or a school readiness program, you can prepare your soon-to-be Kindergartner with our librarian-approved resources. We have divided the most important skillsets into six categories for you to explore and learn with your child: Health and Well-Being, Early Literacy, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Communication Skills, Mathematical Thinking, and Science. By visiting any of our skillset pages, you will find checklists, programs, booklists, eResources, and websites. We hope you enjoy exploring, reading, and playing with your child as you near Kindergarten!
When and How to Register for Kindergarten in Santa Clara County
Most children begin school in Santa Clara County when they are five years old. This means that they must have turned five by September 1st in most districts to attend Kindergarten that year. Some schools offer a Transitional Kindergarten program for children who have missed the cutoff. Under new state legislation, these programs will be offered for the 2022-2023 school year for children with birthdates between September 2nd and February 2nd. Registration for Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten typically begins in December or January during the previous school year. Check with your school district for exact dates and age cutoffs. Listed below are the school districts in our library district service area. If you are unsure where to register, contact Santa Clara County Office of Education with the information listed below.
eResources and Websites
Try these free eResources and websites available with your library card.