• Is your child eligible for Kindergarten or Transitional Kinder fall 2022?

    Enrollment season will open soon! Presentations from Kinder/TK Family Enrollment Nights will be available in the coming months. Also, click here to determine if your child is age eligible for kindergarten or transitional kindergarten, and to obtain enrollment information. You can also visit the enrollment center.  


    • Kindergarten: 5 years old before or on 9/1
    • Transitional Kindergaten: 5 years old between 9/2 - 2/1
    • Preschool: 3-4 years old before or on 9/1





    Special Education Families

    For rising Kinder/TK families in special education, click here for student enrollment updates for 2022-2023. If you have questions, contact your child's special education teacher or IEP case manager. You are also encouraged to visit Burbank Preschool & Diagnostic Center's website and facebook. For additional questions: 510-729-7771 or theresa.lozach@ousd.org .







    Family Night for multilingual learners in Oakland 

    The ECE team & Multilingual Learning unit hosted family nights during the 2021-2022 school year, geared towards supporting multilingual learners in literacy development. These events were open to all Oakland families of children 3-6 years old. Families had the opportunity to:

    • Hear from other families about how they share multiple languages with their children.
    • Learned about how speaking multiple languages supports brain development.


    Click here to view past event flyer and join. 




    Covid Safety in Young Children 

    On October 12, 2021, doctors from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital virtually held a conversation with Oakland families about COVID safety in young children. Click here to view the event recording.

    OUSD & UCSF event flyer





    Tips & Tricks for a Smooth Start

    This section describes steps that family & community members can take to support their children's smooth transition into Kindergarten/TK.


    In this Family Resource Guide, you will find online resources to help students continue their learning at home during the shelter in place. Also, visit OUSD’s Family Central website for resources on setting up your Chromebook, accessing Hotspot, Food distribution, and more. If you are new to Zoom, click here for a English tutorial and a Spanish tutorial.

  • Kinder/TK Family Welcome Videos

    While families and students have not been able to visit school sites and meet their teachers, we've found a great way to stay connected. In 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, the Kinder Transition Teacher Leaders created Family Welcome Videos to orient new families to Kinder & TK.


    Below are three beautiful videos from 2019-2020 as well as a link to videos from this school year, click here.

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    Help Me Grow Phone Support

    Families and caregivers can call this toll free number, 888-510-1211, with any questions regarding their child's development, health or learning. Bilingual early childhood navigators will support families in ensuring their child's optimal development.


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    Dental Health

    Your child's physical health is an important part of school readiness. Your child must have a dental check-up by May 31 in either kindergarten or first grade, whichever is his or her first year in public school. Dental check ups that have happened within the 12 months before your child enters school also meet this requirement (during their preschool year). For more information, click here for English and Spanish, as well as other languages.


    For oral health assesment forms, click here for English and Spanish, as well as other languages


    Need help finding a dentist?

    Click on Smile, California to find a dentist that accepts Medi-cal. If you do not have access to the internet, contact the Medi-Cal Dental Telephone Service Center at 800-322-6384 for assistance. For more dental health info & resources, visit: https://dental.acphd.org/


    Vaccination requirements for Kinder & TK. For more information, visit OUSD Health Services and click on this link for additional languages


    Healthy Living & Nutrition for families

    For information on how to access fresh food and nutritional resources, click here. Apply for CalFresh benefits here  (available in English, Spanish, and Chinese). 


    Support Healthy Development

    You can support the health of your child by understanding what to expect at different ages and stages of their development. Refer to the guides below for information about what to expect and activities you can do to help them grow. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers information on developmental milestones in English and Spanish.

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    Preparing for Kindergarten & TK!

    During COVID-19 shelter in place order, we are providing distance learning and are offering preschool to elementary school connections virtually, so please stay tuned for more information!



    • Familiarize children with the school, classroom, and important people
    • Build relationship between teacher and child
    • Build relationship between family and school
    • Alleviate anxiety


    Types of Connections:

    • Child-School: class visits, assemblies, garden projects
    • Family-School: Kinder/TK welcomes, family engagement, events
    • School-Community: health screeners, shared resources


    What You Can Do:

    Improve a child’s familiarity, and comfort, with a program or grade level by introducing them to it before their first day. Consider attending one of the following:


    • Class visits
    • Cafeteria visits
    • Field trips
    • Assemblies & Presentations


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    Encourage Good Attendance

    Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school, themselves, and builds a strong academic foundation. It's important to build this habit early on so that children learn the importance of arriving to school every day on time. High attendance helps students do well in high school, college, and increase their earning potential in adulthood.

    Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

    What You Can Do:

    • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
    • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
    • Make sure your child has the required shots (before 1st day of school)
    • Introduce your child to their teachers and classmates (before school starts)
    • Don’t let your child stay home unless they’re truly sick
    • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
    • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
    • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
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    Develop a Love for Books

    Family involvement in early literacy is directly connected to academic achievement. Children thrive with daily book sharing and reading role models. Families and caregivers can read together or just look at and discuss the pictures in books. Developing love for books is a precursor to reading.


    Join our Early Literacy Family Nights! These 45 minute events led by our partners at Tandem, is a great opportunity for your children to practice literacy skills while having fun with books. If you're interested in participating, reach out to your childs teacher for upcoming dates. 


    What You Can Do:

    • Have fun sharing books
    • Draw pictures and write together
    • Song songs and tell stories
    • Look out for family workshops

    The 6 Skills of Early Literacy

    • Love of reading: an interest in books and a desire to read and learn
    • Vocabulary: knowing the words to name and describe things in detail
    • Book handling: knowing how to hold a book, turn pages, and follow text
    • Recognizing letters: knowing the shapes, sounds, and names of all the letters
    • Storytelling: the ability to describe events with a beginning, middle, and end
    • Combining sounds: understanding how to combine sounds to make words