The Family Center to host kindergarten readiness information session

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 8, 2015


GROSSE POINTES —  The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods wants to help parents and professionals get preschoolers prepped for the transition to kindergarten.

A free program, Kindergarten Essentials, will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 at Barnes School, 20090 Morningside Drive, in Grosse Pointe Woods.

This is just one of many informational programs on various topics that the Family Center hosts for the community each year. The Family Center is a nonprofit organization that aims to serve the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods through programs and services that support families.

“The Family Center hosts events such as this to provide our community with tools and information they need to guide their children and families successfully through important life transitions,” Family Center Executive Director Debbie Liedel said in an email. “The Kindergarten Essentials program is a way to help guide families through this exciting but sometimes daunting process and phase in a little one’s life. We continually offer programs ranging from prenatal issues to end-of-life care and develop topics by listening and responding to issues and trends.”

The Kindergarten Essentials program will start with a panel discussion.

“(Grosse Pointe Schools psychologist) Dona Johnson-Beach; Pam Cronovich, veteran kindergarten teacher; and Melissa Sharp, director of Assumption Nursery School, will discuss as a panel ways to ‘get ready, get set and go’ for entering kindergarten — a topic and event that is always well-attended and helpful for parents with preschoolers,” Family Center Communications & Program Support Coordinator Paige Domzalski said in an email.

“Get ready, get set and go” is a theme meant to ease the anxiety of getting a child ready to advance to kindergarten.

The “get ready” part of the program will cover a wide range of kindergarten-readiness skills needed for success, including early academic skills, motor skills and social skills.

The “get set” portion will include having fun with summer learning and ways to improve on the skills needed for kindergarten.

The “go” portion “helps parents and children to separate and engage in the adventure of kindergarten,” according to a news release.

To register, call (313) 432-3832 or visit