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Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort: Sign up now!

By Alicia Delashmutt

Summertime and the livin’ is easy! Your bouncing baby is now an active 4-year old and your summer will probably be full of visits to the local fountain, pool and park. It’s hard to believe that the transition from early childhood education to kindergarten could be just around the corner!

Sign up now and join us this fall for the Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort (KIC). Designed for parents whose child will be starting kindergarten in September of 2014, the Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort program is a series of interactive and best practices-driven trainings designed to help parents prepare and advocate for inclusive kindergarten placements for their children. Over the course of six monthly sessions, families will gain valuable information to assist them in the kindergarten transition. In addition, the KIC has proven to be more than a series of informational workshops. One of the unique and powerful outcomes of the KIC is the community of on-going family support that it builds. As the content of each session builds upon the last, the connections and friendships formed within the cohort grow, forming a community of parents who can support each other as their children move through the transition process and beyond.

The Cohort is currently in its fourth year. Parents who graduated in the first three years report that the skills learned in the Cohort were instrumental in helping their children gain access to the general education classroom. Classroom teachers report that Cohort graduates are empowered advocates who come prepared to partner effectively with schools to help meet the needs of their children.

For more information please visit our website at www.allbornin.org or email Alicia at alicia.kindergartencohort@gmail.com. Due to the nature of the sessions, space is limited, so please sign up today!

Have a great summer and we hope to see you in the fall!