Countdown to Kindergarten

Professional Development Trainings

Welcome to the Countdown to Kindergarten Professional Development Trainings. This series aims to create unified messaging and approaches for sharing resources across community partners as well as supporting coordination and alignment of kindergarten transition practices. These slides and videos are designed for anyone who works with or serves families of young children and was focused on sharing resources and tools that will help you support families preparing for kindergarten.

May 11, 2023 Training:

This training highlights the resources and tools available for families who speak a language other than English as they transition their children to kindergarten. These resources include:

  • Amy Whitehead, Ed.S, JCPS ESL Specialist of Intake & Assessment, discussed the JCPS English as a Second Language (ESL) intake and screening process.
  • Current JCPS resources to support multilingual families and where to locate them.
  • The Countdown to Kindergarten resources will also be reviewed to support families during this transitional period.


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February 2, 2023 Training:

This training highlights the health requirements necessary to prepare a child for kindergarten including:

  • Dr. Sheridan Langford speaks about the health forms, immunizations, and development milestones that doctors are looking
  • Activities from the Countdown to Kindergarten calendar to support families during this transitional time period
  • How to connect families with resources to meet the requirements necessary for kindergarten


Download Powerpoint Presentation HERE.

October 27, 2022 Training:

This training highlights the health requirements necessary to prepare a child for kindergarten including:

  • An introduction to the Countdown to Kindergarten Calendar
  • An overview of the process and helpful resources for enrolling in JCPS


Download Powerpoint Presentation HERE.