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Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit Grants

Early learning and kindergarten educators in DeKalb County have identified kindergarten readiness toolkits as a positive way to engage young children and their families. By using the resources provided in the toolkits, parents and other family members can create fun learning experiences for their children and help prepare them for school. The toolkits include items and tools that families and children can share together.

Our teachers and families have learned that kindergarten readiness toolkits provide a wide variety of benefits including:
  • An easy way to explain what kindergarten is all about
  • Bridging pre-K and kindergarten programs
  • Explaining the differences between pre-K and kindergarten
  • Providing a curriculum guide that informs families what they can do with their children to get them ready for kindergarten
  • Simple easy resources for parent and family engagement

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Applying for a Toolkit Grant

All applicants should review the Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit Grant guidelines prior to applying. Applications go through a review process by members of the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative, with final approval from the Community Foundation Board of Directors. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on December 1.

For questions or more information, please contact Community Engagement Director Teri Spartz at 815-748-5383 or t.spartz@dekalbccf.org.

It is the policy of the DeKalb County Community Foundation to operate without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Grants Awarded

  • Spring 2020 - 1,530 Kindergarten Readiness Toolkits Awarded to DeKalb County Schools

The DeKalb County Community Foundation's commitment and support to early care and education is made possible by 20 CommunityWorks Funds, generating over $100,000 annually. Thank you to the generous donors who support these Field of Interest Funds!

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