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Louisville launches 2015 Kindergarten Countdown

Program helps prepare children for transition to kindergarten

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 4, 2015) — Mayor Greg Fischer joined school and community leaders today to launch the 2015 Kindergarten Countdown, a program that helps prepare kids entering kindergarten—a time which numerous studies have shown is critical for early academic success.

kinder“This program guides families through a free, fun and educational experience to get kids off to a strong start in school,” Fischer said. “Too many kids—half in Louisville—arrive for their first day of kindergarten already behind. Our city, our children, deserve better and Kindergarten Countdown is one piece of the preparedness puzzle.”

Families can register at any of the 18 Louisville Free Public Library branches. There, each child will receive a free book and an “I’m Going to Kindergarten” T-shirt. Students wearing the T-shirt, accompanied by one adult, will receive free admission to a series of events throughout the summer at many Louisville attractions including:

  • Stage One Family Theatre and Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch
  • Frazier History Museum
  • Northeast YMCA, Calypso Cove
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Walden Theatre
  • Louisville Zoo
  • Louisville Water Tower Park
  • Kentucky Science Center
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
  • Kentucky Derby Museum

The program concludes with the Kindergarten Countdown Fair July 28 at Louisville Slugger Field from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Students and an adult will receive free admission to the Bats game and will also receive information about immunizations, health screenings and get lots of free stuff before starting kindergarten. Students also will be able to meet teachers and tour a school bus.