Flagstaff preschool crash course helps ease kindergarten fears

| July 15, 2015

By Corina Vanek • Arizona Daily Sun

Nearly 60 kids and their families filled the room at Thomas Elementary school, children waving and talking to one another, even though they had been strangers just 20 days ago.

The parents, cameras in hand, gathered to watch the mass of 5-year-olds line up and cross the little bridge in the front of the room, signifying they were no longer KinderCampers, but headed to kindergarten in the next few weeks.

The kids, wearing hats made out of paper plates cut into star shapes and star-shaped sunglasses, made up some of the group of about 300 kids in northern Arizona taking part in KinderCamp, a kindergarten readiness program provided through the Flagstaff Unified School District and sponsored by United Way of Northern Arizona.

Children are selected to participate in KinderCamp based on certain risk factors indicating they would not be ready to begin kindergarten without participating in the program. The factors include limited preschool experience, homes where English is not the primary language, low income and developmental or behavioral factors, said United Way Literacy Project Coordinator Peter Van Wyck.

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