The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Great Start/Early Childhood Development and Family Education, is pleased to share a resource for parents of children entering kindergarten. The resource is a culmination of many offices within MDE working together to develop Parent Guides, a series of tip sheets which highlight a variety of questions parents may have when their children are entering kindergarten.

The Parent Guides were developed out of a request from a stakeholder group of parents of young children who reported that the most difficult transition time for them was kindergarten entry. The Parent Guides were reviewed by the Parent Involvement Committee of the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC) and were approved by the MICC and authorized for distribution by MDE.

MDE is excited to now provide Parent Guides in Spanish and Arabic.  If you would like electronic copies of the Arabic guides, please contact Cheryl Najm at