Kindergarten Festivals Begin

The first of four Kindergarten Festivals for incoming 2011-12 kindergartners and their families is 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Feb. 5 at Chavez Elementary School, 730 W. Third St. in Long Beach.

Coordinated by the Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee, the popular Saturday festivals include parent workshops on how to support successful students, free H1N1/flu vaccines to the first 200 preschoolers (provided by Molina Medical), free dental screenings (provided by The Children's Dental Health Clinic sponsored by Molina Healthcare), and $2,500 in free children’s books provided by Long Beach Rotary and Charitable Foundation.  Each incoming kindergartner receives a free book and backpack with school supplies.

Parent workshops on math, reading and kindergarten readiness run from 9:20 to 10 a.m., 10:10 to 10:50 a.m. and 11 to 11:40 a.m.

The Long Beach Police Department will provide free fingerprinting at each festival.

Other sponsors include Verizon, Los Angeles Universal Preschool, the National Council of Jewish Women and the California Community Foundation.

Kindergarten Festival schedule:

• Saturday, Feb. 5, Chavez Elementary School, 730 W. Third St., Long Beach

• Saturday, March 5, Jefferson Leadership Academies, 750 Euclid Ave., Long Beach

• Saturday, April 2, Hughes Middle School, 3846 California Ave., Long Beach

• Saturday, May 14, Dooley Elementary School, 5075 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

All festivals are from 9 a.m. to Noon.  Call 997-8000, ext. 8646 for more information.