Kindergarten Readiness

Preparing your child for a successful start to school      

Entering kindergarten ready to learn is essential to ensure that every child experiences a positive, happy, and academically successful year. The kindergarten year has been shown to have important consequences for a child’s acquisition of knowledge and skills that are powerful determinants for later school success. Readiness skills at the start of kindergarten are associated with educational outcomes in later years.

Consultation, Assessment, and Preparation

Young children develop and mature at very different rates and in different ways. There are many factors that contribute to a child’s readiness for kindergarten besides age and preschool experience. Consulting with the family, communicating with the preschool, and working with the individual child to understand the child’s strengths, challenges, and areas needing further development all facilitate the process of making an informed and knowledgeable decision about kindergarten entry.

Assessing a child’s abilities in the dimensions of early learning and development are important in determining a child’s readiness for the expectations the child will encounter in kindergarten. Areas of informal assessment include:

  • Language and Communication Skills
  • Emergent Literacy Abilities
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Physical and Motor Development (gross motor, fine motor, and graphomotor)
  • Social Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Approaches Towards Learning


Dr. Cappelloni provides the following services:

  • Consulting with families to discuss their child’s readiness for kindergarten
  • Helping families in their decisions in choosing a preschool and/or kindergarten
  • Meeting with the individual preschool age child to assess the child’s readiness for kindergarten
  • Working with the individual preschool age child to strengthen specific readiness skills and abilities


Providing professional development for preschool and kindergarten teachers regarding all aspects of kindergarten readiness, including implementing kindergarten readiness programs, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten readiness assessments, and transitional practices



Kindergarten Readiness Programs

The transition to kindergarten is a critical component of kindergarten readiness and has important consequences for the child’s adjustment to the demands of kindergarten.  To help facilitate a smooth and successful adjustment to kindergarten, Dr. Cappelloni designs, directs, and teaches Kindergarten Readiness programs during the year. The underlying goal of these Kindergarten Readiness programs is to nurture all areas of early learning and development through exposure, exploration, and engagement. Children are introduced to many routines, materials, and activities that they will encounter in kindergarten. Understanding daily routines, playing, sharing, and working cooperatively with other children; learning to be a good listener and active participant; embracing new challenges; and developing greater independence, curiosity, social skills, and problem solving are all fostered. There are many opportunities to develop early literacy skills, a love for reading, and a love for learning.



2019 Kindergarten Readiness Camp!!

Director/Head Teacher: Dr. Nancy Cappelloni

Ages and Eligibility: Children entering any kindergarten in the Fall of 2019

Location: The Ranch (Tiburon/Belvedere Recreation), Tiburon

Dates and Time: August 14-18 8:30 am-12:00 noon

This week-long program will help children prepare for a positive, happy, and successful start to kindergarten!! Children will be introduced to many routines and activities in kindergarten, including early literacy skills; vocabulary development; comprehension; listening and speaking skills; fine motor skills and handwriting; numeracy skills; and encouraging cooperation; following directions; and independence. Activities and learning centers are embedded in a developmentally appropriate environment encouring creative play, exploration, and discovery. The teacher to child ratio will be 1:7.

For more information call The Ranch (415) 435-4355 or visit