Transitioning to Kindergarten

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Great Start/Early Childhood Development and Family Education, is pleased to share a resource for parents of children entering kindergarten. The resource is a culmination of many offices within MDE working together to develop Parent Guides, a series of tip sheets which highlight a variety of questions parents may have when their children are entering kindergarten.

The Parent Guides were developed out of a request from a stakeholder group of parents of young children who reported that the most difficult transition time for them was kindergarten entry. The Parent Guides were reviewed by the Parent Involvement Committee of the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC) and were approved by the MICC and authorized for distribution by MDE. The topics of these guides are listed below:


Source: Michigan Department of Education, 2016

Click here to view the Guide by visiting the Michigan Department of Education website.

Hearing and Vision Screening

The Hearing and Vision program provides hearing and vision screenings for preschool and school age children.  All Monroe County School Districts work in partnership with Monroe County Health Department to provide hearing and vision screening throughout a child’s school years.  Children are screened in school according to the following schedule:

                        Hearing: Preschool and grades K, 2 and 4

                        Vision: Preschool and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9

In addition to school screenings, FREE hearing and vision screenings are available at the Monroe County Health Department. Call (734) 240-7800 for an appointment.

              PDF DocumentMCHD Vision & Screening Form

**Reminder: Hearing and Vision screenings are required for children ages 3-5 before starting kindergarten in the State of Michigan.** Source: Monroe County Health Department


The Monroe County Health Department offers appointments to residents who are interested in using their services for child immunizations. Visit the Monroe County Health Department website for appointment availability.

PDF Document Michigan Health Appraisal Form

MSU Extension Programs

The Monroe County MSU Extension program offers parenting classes throughout the year that help parents of young children with topics such as understanding feelings, developing family morals, values and rules and effective discipline. For more information on these programs, visit the MSU Extension website.

MCISD Program Links


Open enrollment information will be posted soon.


  • Early Head Start
  • Head Start
  • Great Start Readiness Program
  • Early On/Project Find
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Help Me Grow


  •  Baby Net
  •  Be Their Hero from Age Zero
  •   Early On Program/Project Find
  •  Great Start Collaborative
  •  Readiness Playgroups
Helpful Literacy Links


Early Childhood Specialist