Kindergarten Entry Parent Resource

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Kindergarten Entry Resource for Parents 


OCDEL is rolling out a new Kindergarten Entry Inventory (KEI). To help parents understand what Kindergarten teachers are looking for, and be more active in their children's learning, DVAEYC has prepared a parent-tested resource aligned with the KEI. 

You play a critical role in getting your child ready for kindergarten!

Study after study shows that early learning of letters and numbers is not enough to help children succeed at school. Teachers are looking for 30 skills in five areas:

  • Social and emotional
  • Language
  • Math
  • Approaches to learning
  • Physical development

There is a lot you can do to increase your child’s chances for success.

You can help your child get ready, and work on all five areas during many different daily activities:

  • In the kitchen
  • At the playground
  • On a bus ride
  • Going to bed
  • At the store
  • In the waiting room

You can ALWAYS:

  • Show your own curiosity as a learner and be curious about your child.
  • Listen for what your child thinks, knows, or wants to know.
  • Tell your child what you notice they are good at; offer challenges based on their strengths.
  • Show your love, stay close, say three positives for every one negative.
  • Talk about your own learning joys and challenges.
  • Limit screen time and encourage open-ended play.


For more information, please download the full resource.