Early Kindergarten Entrance Workshop – February 13, 2014

Registration is now open for MDE’s Decision-Making Strategies for Early Kindergarten Entrance Workshop designed to assist school districts and charter schools in developing board-approved policies for the early admission of select students into kindergarten. The workshop will be held at MDE in Roseville on Thursday, February 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will provide detailed information about effective assessment of children who potentially may be admitted to kindergarten prior to meeting the age-eligibility requirement for kindergarten entrance.

Register for Early Kindergarten Entrance Workshop Now!

Workshop Materials

NEW! Full-Day Kindergarten Funding Available to School Districts and Charter Schools Fall 2014

Full-day kindergarten provides crucial opportunities for Minnesota’s younger learners to build upon their prekindergarten or early learning experiences to sustain the development of their cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills. Beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2014, funding will be available to school districts and charter schools to provide full-day kindergarten.

Click Here for more information. From the Minnesota Department of Education website.


Pushing Full-Day Kindergarten
Click Here, The PEW Charitable Trusts

Template for Early Kindergarten Entrance from Ohio
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Facts about Full-Day Kindergarten (Children’s Defense Fund) – January 2012
Brief overview of the benefits of full-day kindergarten. Includes benefits of full-day kindergarten as part of the Prek-Grade 3 continuum.
Click here to read article

Kindergarten Online Database (Education Commission of the States)
Provides interactive database by state of key kindergarten issues including compulsory attendance age, kindergarten entrance age, exemptions, minimum days/hours, curriculum, standards, ratios, and access.
Click here to access database

Kindergarten Policy Updates (2013)
Updated overview of kindergarten entry policy and program type by state.
Click here to access article



Full-Day Kindergarten Videos
Click Here, Children's Defense Fund

High-Quality Kindergarten Today — Best practices in kindergarten based on New Jersey’s Kindergarten Implementation

  • Part 1 - Background, focuses on developmentally appropriate teaching practices Click here for video
  • Part 2 - Classroom Environment, shows the best materials and center-based set up to use Click here for video
  • Part 3 - Classroom Schedule, talks about how the various components of a typical Kindergarten day may be organized Click here for video