Countdown to Kindergarten. (Photo: Contributed)

A free program that will help rising kindergarteners prepare for their first year of “big school” will be later this month at the Creative Discovery Museum.

Countdown to Kindergarten will begin with a kickoff on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It provides Chattanooga area parents and caregivers with information and resources that will help their child be better prepared to start kindergarten. All enrollees this fall are eligible to join the free club.


Sign-up information is available here. 

All activities are free with museum admission.

From a news release:

Beginning kindergarten is a monumental transition for both children and parents. Many factors contribute to kindergarten readiness outside of a child’s ability to say the ABC’s and count. In response, the Museum will seek to enroll more than 2,000 children as part of a broader community-wide effort to improve school readiness throughout the region. Countdown to Kindergarten is sponsored by United Way of Greater Chattanooga and  BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

“Children who enter kindergarten with the emotional, social, physical and intellectual skills needed to be ready for school are more likely to be successful during all of their school years,” said Jayne Griffin, Ed.D, Director of Education at Creative Discovery Museum. “Creative Discovery Museum is proud to partner with other community organizations that support parents and children as they prepare for this meaningful milestone.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Fun activities that explore various readiness skills, such as a ring toss, name writing, shape block activities and more.
  • Storytime with friends from the Chattanooga Public Library.
  • Chattanooga Kids on the Block puppet performance
  • Simulated school experience including a school bus ride and a lunch line
  • Books from Read 20 and United Way of Greater Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Zoo and Tennessee Aquarium facilitated activities.

Funding for the program was made possible through support from United Way of Greater Chattanooga and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.