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Get Kindergarten Ready with Cleveland Public Library

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Success in the classroom starts this summer at Cleveland Public Library.

The Library offers programs and resources to help parents and guardians prepare their youngest learners for school. Our resource list includes an early learning guide, kindergarten readiness assessment, and frequently asked questions about Kindergarten for families. Parents are also encouraged to check out this list of recommended reads from our Youth Services Department.

Prefer to watch a video? Families can introduce their children to the joys of reading through virtual storytime any time on cpl.org. Library staff, elected officials, journalists, and other celebrities recorded some of your favorite children’s books. In partnership with the Cleveland Music Settlement, little readers can explore books and storytelling through music and singing during Read to the Beat, part of the Library’s Summer Lit League summer reading program weekly themes.

For parents who prefer a more hands-on approach, Cleveland Public Library is offering Kindergarten Club this summer. Due to the threat of COVID-19, the program is virtual this summer and there’s still time to sign up. Registration for this Kindergarten readiness program is as easy as 1-2-3.

Kindergarten Club starts Monday, June 22 for children ages 4 – 6 entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2020. The nine-week class will teach kids about caring and sharing, independence building such as how to tie their shoes, counting, alphabets, and more. Young learners and their favorite adult are expected to attend one session a week. Classes will be held online via Zoom and over the phone at the following dates and times:

Day of weekTime
Monday6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There are educational activities for the adults too. Early Childhood Specialists will host discussions for families to offer tools and information on how to help their emerging scholar at home. Each registered family will receive a Kindergarten Readiness kit containing books and support materials. Families can also earn prizes such as books, school supplies, and a Dave’s gift card.

“Kindergarten Club is designed to help children grow emotionally, physically, and mentally through a balanced curriculum of skills and engaging activities. Cleveland Public Library is giving young learners a jumpstart to the educational process,” said Charles Byrd, Director of Education at Cleveland Public Library. “Our goal is to help children build a solid foundation and love for lifelong learning.”

Cleveland Public Library is also helping feed the mind with a nutritious meal this summer. Every Thursday until August 7, the Library and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank will provide Grab & Go meals for children 18 and under at four branches:

Eastside Meal Sites

Fleet: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Rice: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Westside Meal Sites

Walz: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fulton: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Families interested in Kindergarten Club can register online or call (216) 623-7114.

Kindergarten Club Partners

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