New Shawnee County Website for Kindergarten Readiness

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library was central to the development of a new website designed to support Shawnee County families seeking information on kindergarten readiness and enrollment, www.KindergartenReady.org.  It is live today!

Key elements of the website include:

  • A simple “Find my School” locator that links to information specific to each school or district’s enrollment processes
  • A Ready, Set, Kindergarten booklet complete with skills checklists and activities for families to do at home
  • Direct access to reliable, child development screening tools, Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3 and ASQ-2SE)
  • Listing of area kindergarten roundups and events supporting school readiness

Its creation was spurred by input from a workgroup representing more than 30 area public and private schools and organizations focused on early childhood. TSCPL staff from across several departments met with subcommittees on brand development, content development, and marketing to make meet the vision and pull it all together.  We also enlisted a contracted web developer for the build itself.

Funding for Kindergarten Ready was awarded through a preschool development grant from the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund.   In addition to website development, project funding also covered professional development for area childcare programs around supporting families during this critical period of transition and marketing materials for the initiative.

The site may be helpful when interacting with households with young children, especially ones with children who will soon be entering kindergarten.

3 thoughts on “New Shawnee County Website for Kindergarten Readiness

  1. Debbie Stanton on said:

    That looks amazing! It’s a really clear roadmap for parents that haven’t been through the system (or haven’t been through it in a while). Great work!

  2. Diana Friend on said:

    Congratulations to LeAnn for her leadership of this project! Working with 30+ organizations to compile all of this information has been a challenging task, but she rocked-it! Karen, Michael and David used their talents to make the website work and look good.

    CIG: “Every child will be ready for kindergarten”

  3. Jacqueline Belden on said:

    This is going to be an invaluable resource for our community members navigating early education and kindergarten readiness for the littles in their lives. Wonderful work, LeAnn, and thank you to Karen, Michael, and David for your technical and creative work!