One More Kindergarten Festival

A fourth and final Kindergarten Festival for incoming 2011-12 kindergartners and their families is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14 at Dooley Elementary School, 5075 Long Beach Blvd., 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.  If your child will be turning five years of age between September 1 and December 2, 2011, consider attending the informational seminar on the Transitional Kindergarten Program. Transitional Kindergarten is only available for children with birthdates within the above timeframe.

The Long Beach Police Department provides free fingerprinting at each festival.

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

Call 997-8000, ext. 8646 for more information.