CARY — The Wake County Public School System is expecting more than 12,200 kindergartners for the 2013-14 school year — the largest projected kindergarten enrollment in WCPSS history. Preparing students for this transition is essential and county officials say that reading is the best way.
Recent research conducted by analysts with WCPSS showed that about half of the kindergarten students entering the system last fall reported being read to on a daily basis by their parent, while about a third of the students said their parents read to them two to three times a week.
“When children start school behind, they often continue to have difficulty and fall further behind, widening the achievement gap,” said Dawn Dawson, senior director of the Office of Early Learning for WCPSS. “When students are prepared and ready for school, they are much more likely to be successful throughout their school careers.”
•Free literacy summit: Saturday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Rolesville Elementary, 307 S. Main Street. For additional information and to pre-register, call Tracey Greggs at 919-821-7609. This event will help students learn how to go through the lunch line, play at recess, and sit attentively for circle time.
•Parent Academy: how to support your kindergarten student in school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Athens Drive High School, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh.
This is the first session of the 2013-14 Parent Academy series. Workshops are free and provided in English and Spanish. Free childcare is available for children ages 4-13. Register online or call 919-431-7703.
All WCPSS parents with rising kindergartners will receive DVDs at their schools that coach them on how to cultivate their children’s love of reading and develop the child’s reading skills through games, conversation, and practice. Parents can find more information on the WCPSS website.