School Readiness

Transition Form

Parents know their child best. This worksheet helps parents introduce important information to their child’s new teacher.

Kindergarten Transition Form

School Readiness Library

These books can help prepare your child for school:

  • The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
  • Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson
  • Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen
  • Tiptoe Into Kindergarten by Jacqueline Rogers
  • Wembley Worried by Kevin Henkes
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell
  • Off To Kindergarten by Tony Johnston
  • The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
  • Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis
  • Countdown to Kindergarten by Allison McGhee
  • Going to School by Anne Civardi
  • The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • Little Critter: First Day of School by Mercer Mayer

Activity Cards

Lenawee Great Start has partnered with the Lenawee Cradle to Career initiative to develop activity cards that offer enjoyable, affordable, and easy ways to help your child prepare for kindergarten. We have gathered information from the Brigance Screener, a measurement tool used across the county to determine Kindergarten readiness, as well as from parents, caregivers and educators that attended our School Readiness work group.

If you need more ideas and activities to help prepare your child for Kindergarten, check out our FREE Activity Cards on Pinterest. By doing just a few of these activities each day with your child, you are helping to make sure that he/she is getting a Great Start and will be prepared for kindergarten. 

Ready4K Texts

Developed by educational researchers, Ready4K is an evidence-based text messaging program for parents of children from birth to 3rd grade, provided at no cost. Each week, you will receive fun facts and easy tips to boost your child’s learning. Ready4K activities build on the things that you already do with your child -- like getting your child dressed, meal time, and bath time -- to make boosting your child’s learning fast, fun, and easy. The research behind Ready4K shows that receiving fun facts and easy tips can significantly increase children’s learning. Learn more about Ready4K or sign up today.

Kindergarten Registration

What to Expect for Registration - What to Bring, How to Enroll

Here is what you need to register your child for kindergarten:

  • Proof of Residency – a utility bill or a copy of your lease agreement or mortgage documents. A driver's license is not accepted.
  • Birth Certificate – You will need an official, certified copy of your child’s birth certificate. If your child was born in Lenawee County you can obtain an official copy at the County Clerk's Office. This office is located on the 2nd floor of the old courthouse at 301 N Main Street, Adrian, Michigan. A certified copy will cost $16 and additional copies are $6 each. This office only accepts cash or check.

    If your child was not born in Lenawee County, or if you would rather order online at your convenience, you can obtain a certified birth certificate through the VitalChek Records website. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, but all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.
  • Immunizations – You will need your child’s immunization records to register them for school, child care, athletic teams, and summer camps or to travel. Keeping up-to-date immunization records for your family, especially your children, is important. Learn more on the CDC's children immunization webpage.
  • Vision and Hearing Screening – Michigan law requires children have a vision and hearing screening before starting Kindergarten. Many of the Kindergarten Registration programs will provide these. You can also make arrangements directly with the Health Department by calling 517.264.5226.

Lenawee School Information

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Elementary Schools in Lenawee County

Private Schools

Private schools are also an option in Lenawee County, however they are tuition-based. To find out more information, please contact the individual schools.