Kindergarten U

Kindergarten U is the perfect opportunity for your child to experience kindergarten before they start in the fall. It's a special kindergarten readiness camp for children entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2016. 

Who: Any child registered to start kindergarten in the Fall of 2016.

What: An opportunity to experience kindergarten before they start in the fall. Participants will go through a sample week of what takes place in most kindergarten classes (seat work, calendar time, counting games, weather report, letter of the day, color of the day, activity stations, snack time, writing time, story time, exercises and songs, and crafts).

When: Daily, June 6 - 10, 2016

  • Session 1: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Session 2: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Center Complex

Why: Help children understand what is expected of them when they go to kindergarten (sitting in seats, raising hands, working with classroom rules, sharing, etc.). This is an excellent program for an child who has not participated in an "organized" classroom setting. To best reflect a real kindergarten situation, parents are asked to drop their children off and pick them up when the 3 hours session is over.

Cost: $30/child for the entire week (includes supplies, snacks, crafts, and a graduation shirt)

Reservations: Spaces are limited to 12/session. Applications can be found under the related files below. Mail your completed application and payment, payable to the Purdue CES Fund, to the Hendricks County Extension Office at 1900 E. Main St. / PO Box 7 / Danville, IN 46122 to reserve a spot. Please call the Extension Office at (317) 745-9260 if you have any questions.

Teachers: The class will be taught by Karla Smith, Purdue Extension Program Assistant, and Beth Switzer, Purdue Extension Health & Human Sciences Educator. Both teachers have worked for various school corporations in the area. Beth is also the creator of the successful Purdue Extension's RT2: Read, Taste, Touch Program.

The Issue 

In 2014, Governor Mike Pence stated he favors a local, organic approach to solving Indiana's pre-K problem. Purdue Extension's Kindergarten U is a stepping stone to launch pre-K students into a successful school year. 

Extension's Positive Impact 

In 2012, Hendricks County Extension Educator, Beth Switzer, took her experience as a licensed teacher and developed Kindergarten U, a week-long "boot camp" where participants experience what kindergarten will be like in the fall. 

A curriculum modeling a typical year of kindergarten was developed. Participants read, write, count, explore science, participate in physical exercises, and participate in a variety of fun, educational activities. 

The participants receive a monthly newsletter, highlighting skills such as: social, academic, language, physical and math.

Community Impact 

Following participation in Kindergarten U:

  • 90% of participants could correctly print his/her name, compared to 5% prior to participation.
  • 100% of youth could correctly identify five different colors, compared to 50% prior to participation.

Following a 3 month post-survey to the parents:

  • 100% reported their child applies the skills they learned in Purdue Extension's Kindergarten U in kindergarten.
  • 100% reported the follow-up newsletters reinforce the concepts taught in kindergarten.

Parents' Comments: 

"The folder sent home with follow-up work has been a great tool. Our daughter works on it often."

"The best part of the program is the exposure to a classroom type setting and the routine of a school day."