Family Connections orients kids to kindergarten

Do you have a child who will be attending a Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District kindergarten this fall? 

Family Connections and the CH-UH City School District invite you and your child to attend Kindergarten Kickoff, where your child can get a jumpstart on kindergarten at the elementary school he or she will attend.

Families will have the opportunity to meet with school staff, tour the school building, make ice cream sundaes and meet new kindergarten friends.

Incoming kindergarteners will visit a classroom and learn about sitting “criss-cross applesauce,” and each will receive a copy of Wimberly Worried by Kevin  Henkes, which a teacher will read at the event.

Parents will receive tips on how to ease the transition to kindergarten, and the evening will end with a family craft.

Kickoff dates for each CH-UH elementary school are listed below, and all programs will take place 6–8 p.m.

  • Aug. 5: Gearity
  • Aug. 6: Canterbury
  • Aug. 12: Boulevard
  • Aug. 13: Fairfaix
  • Aug. 19: Roxboro
  • Aug. 20: Noble
  • Aug. 21: Oxford

Space is limited at each event. Call Family Connections at 216-321-0079, 48 hours in advance of the event, to reserve your space. Childcare will be provided for siblings of incoming kindergarteners.  

Family Connections has been providing early literacy, parenting support and school-readiness services to Greater Cleveland families for more than 30 years. Its services for parents begin when their children are newborns, and continue through kindergarten.

Family Connections offers opportunities for parents with children up to six years of age to develop school-readiness skills, learn to play with a purpose with their children, and find support. The organization views its partnership with the school district as a key to its mission to support families. 


Charniece Holmes

Charniece Holmes is the coordinator of Family Connections' neighborhood-based family literacy and engagement program, located in all CH-UH elementary schools.    

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