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Oakland Unified School District

Family Resources

Is your child eligible for Kindergarten or Transitional Kinder in Fall 2024?

Join one of our regional in-person and or virtual events in January and February!

Enrollment for 2024-2025 school year is open now! 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: Turns 5 by September 1, 2024
  • Transitional Kindergarten: Turns 5 between September 2, 2024 & June 2, 2025
  • Preschool: 3-4 years old before or on September 1, 2024

Need info about how to apply for enrollment for next school year? View the resources below for how to enroll, PK-TK-Kinder age cut offs, and learn about bilingual schools.

 

Kinder/TK Family Nights 23-24

View info below from our monthly sessions!

 

Kinder/TK Enrollment Events

For any family wishing to receive multilingual in-person support with PreK-12 enrollment (childcare available), view the flyer below. 

  • Click here for more information on two upcoming events
 

Helpful links

Special Education Families

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 .

Click here for the Kinder/TK Enrollment Information event video (password: xI0d2R&j) and click here for the event presentation that took place on Wednesday, January 10th, 2024.

For families receiving SpEd Services, join us to visit a class and learn more about our special education programs in Kinder (Mild, Mild-Moderate & Moderate Extensive). Please converse with your child's teacher to select the best night to attend. 

  • Click here for more information on these upcoming events in January and February

Want to learn more about our Special Education Program, click here to view a program guide. 

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.

Check out this flyer for tried and true tips designed by our own early learning teachers.

In this Family Resource Guide, you will find online resources to help students continue their learning at home. Also, visit OUSD’s Family Central website for resources on setting up Chromebookshotspot access, and more.

Kinder Transition Practices For Community.pdf

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! Our Kinder Transition Teacher Leaders created Family Welcome Videos to orient new families to Kinder & TK. Below are three beautiful videos from our KTTL program. Click here for even more wonderful videos!

Social and Emotional Guide.pdf
Social and Emotional Activities, Ages 0-5 (Spanish).pdf
Social and Emotional Activities, Ages 0-5 (English).pdf
Learning Activities, Ages 0-5 (Spanish).pdf
Learning Activities, Ages 0-5 (English).pdf

Preparing for Kindergarten & TK!

Goals

  • Familiarize children with the school, classroom, and important people
  • Building a relationship between teacher and child
  • Building relationships 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

 

Two young children sit beside each other at a table in class, using Play-Dough

 

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 at school every day on time. High attendance helps students do well in high school and 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 all the required shots (before the first 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.

Attendance Works, Info for Families (Spanish).pdf
Attendance Works, Info for Families (English).pdf

Two adults and six young children look at books in the school library.

 

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.

Check out the archive of Early Literacy Family Nights hosted by our partners at Tandem. These are a great opportunity for your children to practice literacy skills while having fun with books.

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

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.

 

Young child with brown hair and a green mask plays with blocks on the classroom floor

 

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 assessment 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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