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Evergreen Early Learning - Birth To 5 Years


Welcome to Evergreen Public School’s weblink for Early Learning.  We hope you will find valuable information and resources to assist you in the important work of educating our future students during the critically important years before they begin their formal schooling in Kindergarten. 

We are committed to partnering with parents and early childhood professionals to ensure that all future Evergreen students come to school healthy, curious and full of enriching experiences that will help them begin their formal education already well on their way to becoming engaged, life-long learners.

- Superintendent John Deeder


Evergreen Early Learning Partners

Evergreen Public Schools would like to recognize the following early learning professionals as 2017 EVERGREEN EARLY LEARNING PARTNERS.

This recognition is awarded to early learning childcare and education professionals who regularly participate in Evergreen's Early Learning Professional Development classes and collaborate with Evergreen Public Schools in helping our youngest learners prepare for and transition into Kindergarten.

For more information about Evergreen's Early Learning Professional Development or Partnership program, please contact Gaelynn Mills, 360-604-4004.

Becca's Daycare
Rebecca Kemper, 360-576-0971

Children's Village - Orchards

Circle of Friends Preschool


City Christian School and Child Care

Cornerstone Christian Early Education

Deanna's Daycare
Deanna Sutton, 360-604-0116

Debbie's 24 Hour Daycare & Preschool
Debbie Hayford, 360.694.8294

Educational Opportunities for Children and Families

Kathy's Kids
Kathy Lee, 360-521-2100

KIDSPACE Child Enrichment Center

Learning Avenues Child Care Centers

Little Acorn Preschool and Kindergarten

Little Lights Learning Center

Noah's Ark Preschool
Michele Phillips, Director

Parkside Christian Daycare Center
Robin Steele, 360-834-4002

Pauline's Day Care & Preschool
Pauline Elder

Phyllis Burton Daycare

Salmon Creek Christian Preschool & Daycare

Small Wonders Daycare, Inc.

St. Andrew Christian Preschool & Kindergarten
Beth Femling, Director

SW Washington Child Care Consortium

Tawney's Tots
Helene Padget

Tina's Tendercare
Tina Hanset, 360-787-6239

Wee Care Day Care & Preschool - 28th Street
Rebecca Westmoreland


Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?

In kindergarten, your child will develop skills in a variety of areas. However, kindergarten makes up only a small part of each day. The key to a successful school year is a strong partnership between home and school. Review the activities in this brochure and congratulate yourself on how much you are already doing to prepare your child for kindergarten. Then select a few new activities you can introduce to your child. Place emphasis on trying a new activity rather than mastering the skill. Remember that children learn by playing. You can show your child that learning is fun as well as important! There is no single measure that guarantees that a child is ready for kindergarten. In general, as your child nears his or her fifth birthday, he or she is ready to start school when it begins in the fall. In addition, the following information describes where most students are developmentally before beginning kindergarten.

Keep in mind that each child will come to school with a variety of strengths and skills. Think of the following list as a way to identify your child’s strengths, rather than using it to decide whether he or she is behind or ahead of other children.

If you want to help your child prepare for success in kindergarten, try the activities suggested in this guide. And once the school year begins, know that his or her teacher will create a learning environment that gives each individual student an opportunity to thrive and learn new skills throughout the year.

Talk to your child about the first day of school. Address any fears and concerns your child may have and reassure him/her that everything will be alright. Keep a positive attitude. If you are excited about the first day of school chances are your child will be too!


Kindergarten Admission

An educational program shall be provided for kindergarten children who have reached the age of five (5) years on or before midnight, August 31, providing their parents or legal guardians are residents of the Evergreen School District. Parents or legal guardian shall be required to present a birth certificate, passport, or hospital certificate, before the child may be enrolled. (Board Policy 3111)

Early Entrance

Evergreen Public Schools does not provide for early entrance into Kindergarten. The only exception is for students who move into the district after the beginning of the school year, provided that they legally resided in a district which provided kindergarten as a part of the school system and that they were enrolled in that kindergarten program without violating any district residence or entrance requirements.


All kindergarten students must meet the following state requirements in order to attend school. Your child must have the following:

  1. At least four doses of DTP vaccine. Pertussis (whooping cough) is required. There must be at least 6 months between the 3rd and 4th doses. The last DTP vaccine must be given to your child on/after the fourth (4th) birthday.
  2. At least four doses of polio vaccine. Three polio vaccines are acceptable only if the last dose is given on/after the fourth (4th) birthday.
  3. Two doses of MMR vaccine. There must be at least 28 days between each dose of MMR vaccine. Both MMR vaccines must be given to your child on/after the first (1st) birthday.
  4. Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine. There must be at least one month between the 1st and 2nd doses, at least 2 months between the 2nd and 3rd doses and at least 4 months between the 1st and 3rd doses. The 3rd and final hepatitis B vaccine must be given to your child at/after six (6) months of age.
  5. Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. Both vaccines must be given on/after the first (1st) birthday. Varicella must be received the same day as the MMR vaccine OR at least 28 days apart.

You must supply the type of vaccine and month, day, and year of each vaccine. It is best to get any needed immunizations and bring in the dates as soon as possible. Please be aware that any exemption from a vaccine (either medical, religious or personal) could result in your child being excluded from school if there is an outbreak of that particular disease.


Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten


Development From Birth To 5 Years

Milestone Moments
This booklet includes milestone checklists and tips to help parents support their child's development from age 2 months to 5 years, and guidance about what to do if developmental concerns arise. Click here to read more... 

Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones
This brochure includes a checklist of key milestones from 6 months to 4 years and a message for parents about the tracking their child's milestones and what to do if developmental concerns arise. Read more (English) (Spanish)...

Free Developmental Screenings are available for children ages birth through five
Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech and language by professionals. A hearing and vision screening may also be done. Developmental screening can identify children who are in need of further evaluation and/or participation in early intervention or early childhood services that address their areas of need. 

For children ages birth through two years of age, please call Educational Services District 112 at 360-750-7500. For children ages 3-5 years, please call Special Services at 360-604-6700.

Washington State Early Learning and Developmental Benchmarks
A guide to young children's learning and development from Birth to Kindergarten Entry. This guide is designed to provide important child development information for all who care for and support young children - parents, family members, care givers and teachers. Click here to read more... 


Childcare Resources

High-quality early learning opportunities help children thrive in school and in life.

ChildCare Aware, Washington's Most Trusted Child Care Resource: Looking for Child Care? Call 1-800-466-1114

Cuidado de Nonos y Servicios para la familia: Click here...

Is This the Right Place for My Child?


38 Research-Based Indicators of High-Quality Child Care. 

A suggested checklist from the National Association of Child Care and Referral Agencies: 

Click here...



Parenting Resources

Parents and families are a child's first, and most important, teachers.

Parenting Sites and Links

Resource Sites
State Education Information



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