Jump Start

A free program for incoming kindergarteners

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Jump into kindergarten

Kindergarten Jump Start is a free program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students participate in a variety of math, literacy and hands-on activities; learn school routines; and become familiar with their new surroundings.

Data shows that students who attend Jump Start are better prepared for kindergarten than children who do not participate. They also gain confidence, leadership skills and enthusiasm for school. Don’t miss this opportunity to give your child a successful transition to kindergarten!

2017 Jump Start

Check back in April 2017 for the 2017 Jump Start dates!

Frequently asked questions

Yes! Jump Start benefits all incoming VPS kindergarten students, including those who have attended preschool programs. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

Not only do Jump Start students begin the school year better prepared for kindergarten instruction, they also develop confidence and leadership skills. Good attendance habits developed during Jump Start can create a foundation for academic achievement throughout a child’s education.

Jump Start also gives parents a boost, too. Parents have opportunities to conference with their children’s teachers and learn about school procedures such as buses and lunch payments.

All Vancouver Public Schools elementary schools offer Jump Start. However, the length of the program varies by school.
No, transportation will not be provided.
Jump Start is free for incoming Vancouver Public Schools kindergarteners.
Contact the school where he or she will attend kindergarten. Registration typically begins in the spring.

If the school office is closed for the summer, you can sign up your child on the first day of Jump Start.

Note: Parents who sign up their children for Jump Start also will be asked to register their children for kindergarten. Please allow up to one hour and bring the following documentation:

  • Proof of the child’s birth date
  • Immunization records
  • Emergency contact information

If you do not have this information, each elementary school secretary can assist you with obtaining it.

Yes! Children are welcome to begin Jump Start at any time during the program, though full participation is the best way to maximize the experience.
In many cases, yes. Most teach Jump Start in the same school as their regular kindergarten assignment. This continuity of teacher-student relationships supports learning from day one.
Check back in April 2017 to sign up to receive helpful tips via text messages.

Contact

Contact the elementary school that your child will attend for more information and a registration form.

Related

“My child became very comfortable with his new school, routine and the teachers. He is now so excited to start school.”
— Parent
“Loved having the opportunity to meet most of my kids. Of my 25 kids I will have in September, 24 registered for Jump Start, and I have now met 23 of the 25 kids face-to-face through conferencing or Jump Start.”
— Teacher
“The 17-day program is awesome, and allowing kids to ‘jump in’ as soon as they enroll also was very helpful to those kids and families.”
— Principal