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Get Ready for Kindergarten

Entering kindergarten is an exciting and critical time for your child. This will be the start of their "formal" education, laying the foundation for future learning and thus it should be the best experience possible.

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Your child must be 5 on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten.  For details, visit

The Executive Office on Early Learning is accepting applications for pre-kindergarten starting from March 1st until April 29, 2016! Click the link below to download the application and for more information:

To see "Tips for Parents on Kindergarten Transition" which gives parents activity ideas to do with their child to prepare for school, click here.

In addition, there is a storybook for children titled "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" by Mary Ann & Eric Nemoto. Locally inspired, this story tells the tale of a young girl as she and her grandmother prepare for kindergarten-including visits to her new school and with new teachers. To order click here.

Although each school's requirements vary, some of the forms you will need to register your child for junior kindergarten and/or kindergarten include:


Information and forms were made available by: Keiki Steps to Kindergarten of INPEACE, Department of Education and the Hawaii School Readiness Initiative.

For information about our Preschool Open Doors child care subsidy, please visit our page by clicking here.