Region IV Parent Information Center: Gearing Up for Kindergarten
The Situation Impacts
A prevention-focused preschool/parent Parent involvement in children’s education is
involvement program for parents and their clearly demonstrated to be a benefit for student
children who will be entering kindergarten in the achievement and emotional and social growth.
following year, Gearing Up for Kindergarten Schools and families who work well together have
(GUK) is designed to; a greater support system and are likely to
• facilitate child development and school experience success in high school and in
readiness, decision making.
• provide families with an educational
experience that combines preschool learning The research is clear that teachers and schools
activities for pre-kindergarten children with do impact the likelihood of parent participation in
parent education and involvement their child’s education. Teachers do have the
opportunities, ability to influence involvement through their
• and, focus on engaging these families in the attitude and beliefs about parent involvement.
next 1-2 years.
Program objectives include: (a) School Survey questions include the impact on
Readiness for Children Entering Kindergarten, (b) knowledge, confidence, skills, behavior and
Parent Education, (c) Early Awareness and relationship with their child. A striking number of
Intervention, (d) Parent Involvement with parents (49.6%) indicated that participation in
Children’s Learning & School (e) Building Home- Gearing Up for Kindergarten increased their
School-Community Partnerships and (f) confidence in being a good parent by “A lot” or
Transition-to-School Knowledge and Practices. “Very Much”.
Extension Response Documented program impact, when compared to
The NDSU Extension Service / Region IV Parent a control group, indicates that familiarity with
Information Center collaborated on a record numbers was 4 times higher and familiarity with
number of classes with the Grand Forks Public the alphabet was 2.5 times higher for children
Schools in the fall of 2011. who participated, compared with those who did
Gearing Up for Kindergarten has been very well
attended in 2011 with 236 families’ enrolled and Feedback
488 parents participating in classes. Post programming outcome survey responses:
• “He was very proud to share what he did with
Supporting partners include; Phoenix School, his dad once we got home!”
University Children’s Center, (where we used a • “We had a great time…he is EXCITED to go
total of six classrooms) and Grand Forks Head to school. “
Start and Lake Agassiz School, (where we • “It was well planned, who could predict such a
utilized three classrooms) for parent education HUGE turnout, BUT that's a great problem!”
and onsite childcare for siblings.
Gearing Up for Kindergarten is funded by the Judith Konerza, PIC Coordinator
legislative Education Bill #2150. Other financial 3351 17th Ave. S.
partners include United Way and Grand Forks Grand Forks, ND 58201
Schools. Costs for holding one series that Phone: 701-787-4216 Fax: 701-787-4079
provides parent involvement and school E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
readiness education are approximately $5000. Counties served: Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina,
County commissions, North Dakota State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability,
gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, sex, sexual orientation, status as a U.S. veteran, race or religion. Direct inquiries to the
Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, (701) 231-7708. This publication will be made available in alternative formats for people with disabilities upon request,
(701) 231-7881. 2012