The first of four Kindergarten Festivals for incoming 2012-13 kindergartners and their families is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Buffum Learning Center, 2350 Ximeno Ave. 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 (first two festivals only) and free dental screenings. Each incoming kindergartner receives a free book and backpack with school supplies. More than 20 community agencies will share resources and information about their services.
Parent workshops on math, reading, kindergarten readiness, transitional kindergarten and school district registration procedures run from 9:20 to 10 a.m., 10:10 to 10:50 a.m., and 11 to 11:40 a.m.
Sponsors of the festival include Verizon, St. Mary Medical Center, Los Angeles Universal Preschool, the National Council of Jewish Women, Long Beach Rotary and Charitable Foundation, and Molina Medical.