Mt. Washington School Helps Families Prepare for Kindergarten


Kindergarten is a big step in a child’s development. It’s also a big step for parents, especially if they are going through the process of weighing school options, navigating academic enrollment season for the first time, or are new to a community or city.

Kerry Cassinelli, Mt. Washington kindergarten teacher, and Ebonne Torain, Mt. Washington preschool teacher, collaborate to thread a child’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten experiences for academic success.

Mt. Washington School provided a helping hand for parents at the Early Childhood Education Fair on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The fair was an opportunity for a network of early childhood care providers from the Mt. Washington community to share information about their services.

“Early childhood care providers help prepare children for kindergarten in any variety of ways,” said Lisa Garofalo, leader of the early childhood network in the communities of Mt. Washington, Madisonville, Evanston and Millvale. “These relationships have been developed over time and are really a part of the overall community, which means that children enter school ready and the transition to kindergarten is seamless for the school and family.”

Kindergarten readiness has been a focus of Mt. Washington School for the past few years. What exactly is kindergarten readiness? It’s the overall state of cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and expressive skills that a child develops between the ages of one and four through a variety of important experiences. Those developmental milestones can be achieved through play and stimulation, helping children learn letters and numbers, be able to communicate, and demonstrate basic motor skills.

Mt. Washington community partners present included:

  • Mt. Washington Presbyterian Preschool
  • Meridian Montessori
  • Cincinnati Early Learning Centers (CELC)
  • The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County – Mt. Washington Branch
  • Beechacres Parenting Center
  • Mt. Washington Baptist Daycare & Preschool
  • Mt. Washington Educational Arts Center

Parents from the community who brought their children could play and participate in activities at various community partner booths.

“These relationships between the school and the community are essential to our students’ and school’s success,” said Ilene Hayes, Mt. Washington school resource coordinator.

For more information and resources about kindergarten readiness, milestones, and more, parents can visit

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