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Ready Freddy Hosting Welcome Centers in 7 Schools

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The transition to kindergarten is a big life change, and the first step in that change starts with enrollment!  The importance of kindergarten is related to 3rd grade reading scores, 4th and 6th grade performance, and even 9th grade and high school graduation rates!  The pathway to the promise starts with kindergarten and we must invest early in our families to encourage long lasting positive habits and educational results.

In Pittsburgh Public Schools, Kindergarten Enrollment Week is April 15-19, 2013.  Though families can register at any time throughout the school year, Ready Freddy is having special Parent Welcome Centers at 7 sites to make parents and caregivers feel welcome, have a nice space to complete their registration paperwork, and have a friendly face to speak with about their chosen school.

Please post the attached flyer at your places of business and organizations and distribute this to families with children who will be 5 by September 30, 2013.  To register, they need 2 proofs of address, immunization records, and their child’s birth certificate.  Ready Freddy will also be hosting Kindergarten Clubs (6 free parent-child activity sessions to help families get ready for kindergarten) this summer. For more information about K Club, contact Medina Jackson, Ready Freddy Community Outreach Coordinator 412-244-5019, mjackson@pitt.edu

Kindergarten is NOT mandatory in this state so we have to work together to make sure parents and caregivers know it’s important.  The first day of kindergarten in Pittsburgh Public Schools is August 29, 2013. Help us spread the word!

For more information, check our web-site www.readyfreddy.org and like us on Facebook (under the name Ready Freddy…you’ll see the frog!)

Parent welcome center information: schools, dates, hours.

Faison: Welcome center at Crescent Tuesday, April 16th 8:30 to 10:30

Faison: Welcome center at Faison Thursday, April 18th 10:00 to 11:30

King: Welcome center Friday April 26th 8:00-9:00 am; 1:00-3:00 pm

Langley: Welcome center Monday and Tuesday, April 15th and 16th 9 to 11:00

Arlington: Welcome center Monday, April 15th 8:15-9:15 am; 1:30-3:00pm

Miller: Welcome center Monday through Friday April 15-19, 8:00-9:00 am; 1:30-3:00 pm

Weil: Parent Breakfast Thursday, April 18th 9:00-10:15 am