Countdown to Kindergarten

Parent Resources

These resources are provided to support parents, families, educators and children in preparation for a successful transition to kindergarten.

The Sawyer Free Library also has books and other material on kindergarten. Search the catalog for our current holdings.


General Resources

Child Development Network
Parent resources

The Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative
Education and development of young children

Family Education Network
Kindergarten readiness app and resources
Kindergarten readiness checklist

Get Ready to Read
Getting ready for kindergarten handouts

Harvard Family Research Project
Learning and development

Massachusetts Home Learning Association
Advocacy and education for homeschooling

National PTA
Education and parenting

Parent Toolkit
Parenting “growth chart” of resources and information

Reading Rockets
Reading and kindergarten readiness

Resources for Children with Disabilities

Arc of Massachusetts
Family services and resources

Autism Society
Articles and links to readiness resources

Autism Source
Links to resources for kindergarten and families

Center for Parent Information and Resources
National center for resources and parent training

Friendship Circle
Apps, resources, and services

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders
Articles and resources


ADHD blogs from ADD adults, parents of ADHD children, and ADHD experts

Autism Speaks
Parent information

Encourage Play
Importance of play; book reviews

Family Connect
Blogs for parents of visually impaired children

Hopeful Parents
Special needs sharing

One Voice

Parent Toolkit
Resources and articles

Ten Blogs for Special Needs Parents
Collection of blogs by parents

Trusted Source
Family and community forum

Legal Resources

Disability Law Center
Advocacy for the disabled

Family Support
Disability laws and family resources

Federation for Children with Special Needs
Disability laws and family advocacy

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
Special Education

Policies, laws and resources

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
Family support

National Disability Rights Network
Advocacy and education links

Educational Websites

Collaborative for Educational Services
Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) Training

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Dept. of Education
Information on Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA)

Education Week
Articles for educators and parents

Gloucester Public Schools
Pre-school – grade 12 school information

Massachusetts Teachers Association
School resources for Massachusetts teachers

National Association of Elementary School Principals
Topical kindergarten articles

National Teacher’s Association
Kindergarten readiness articles

U.S. Dept. of Education
Studies and articles on kindergarten readiness

Medical and Psychological Websites

American Psychological Association
Articles and studies on kindergarten readiness

National Association of School Psychologists
Guidelines for readiness

National Institutes of Health
Health and medical-related articles