Connections for Children

Building Blocks for Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten is an exciting adventure for children and families.

It's a new beginning for learning, making friends, building confidence, and gaining independence.

It's also totally normal for both children and parents to be nervous and excited about starting kindergarten as well.

We are happy to share Building Blocks for Kindergarten, a new guide for families. This handbook provides a wealth a resources that can be helpful in the transition to kindergarten. 

Click on the graphic to learn more and download a copy of the handbook in English or Spanish

There are four key Building Blocks for success:

  1. Caring & Sharing - Social & Emotional Development
  2. Healthy Habits - Self Care, Physical Well-being, and Motor Skills
  3. Use Your Words - Language Develpoment
  4. A, B, C's & 1, 2, 3's - Early Learning

This month, we're focusing on Sharing and Caring.  As children learn to identify and manage their feelings and emotions, it helps them to deal with changes and challenges that come up. They learn how focus, regulate themselves, and relate to others.

For more great tips, read and download Building Blocks for Kindergarten

The Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign is part of Santa Monica Cradle to Career, a collective impact initiative of the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica College, service providers, and community members dedicated to making Santa Monica a place where every child has the ability to thrive.  Connections for Children is an active member of Cradle to Career and has helped lead the Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign.