Ready for School

All parents want their children to do well in school—to learn, to think for themselves and to get along with others.

There is much we can do to make sure our children will be ready for school. Giving them consistent, loving care from the beginning helps them grow physically, mentally and emotionally.

A child who is ready for school is able to express his feelings appropriately. He is able to give and receive help, and he cares about the feelings and needs of others. He is eager, curious and able to pay attention.
When your child starts school, you can stay involved by getting to know the teachers and other parents. You can also volunteer on a school advisory committee or in the classroom.

Ready for School

Learning New Skills

Learning New Skills

Your child uses many skills to read, write, spell, count, paint, tell stories, sing and make friends. Some tasks will be easier for her than others. Encourage your child to be proud of her skills and be patient with difficult tasks. If you think your child is having problems with school, classmates or learning, talk to her teachers. For information on learning problems, call National Center for Learning Disabilities or visit

Things You Can Do

Where to Find Help

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All Children Should Be Included

  • All Children Should Be Included
    As much as possible, children with disabilities should be fully included in classrooms, after-school programs and sports. Public schools must provide services and adaptive equipment if your child needs them in school. Call National Info Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.Visit

English and Your Family’s Language

  • A child can easily learn two languages. If you do not speak English at home, help your child to talk and learn in your language. If she knows her first language well, she will learn English more easily. Ask your local school district how to prepare your child for school.