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National Kindergarten Day! Let’s Celebrate!

children learning letters in kindergarten

Get out your crayons, markers, and pencils… it’s time to celebrate National Kindergarten Day! Each year on April 21st, we honor and celebrate the birthday of Friedrich Fröbel, the founder of kindergarten. Fröbel believed that children learn best through play and experience. He developed the first kindergarten in Germany in 1837. However, it wasn’t until the year of 1856 that the first kindergarten opened in the United States. By 1982, all of the states in the USA created a public kindergarten program, with Mississippi being the last to do so.

Interesting Facts:

  • The word kindergarten is actually a mid-19th century German word that means “children’s garden.”
  • Friedrich Fröbel’s idea was considered so unorthodox that the Prussian government banned it for some time. However, the idea spread to Europe and the rest of the world.
  • About 3.5 million children enroll in kindergarten each year.
  • Nearly all states require school districts to provide some form of kindergarten, but only 18 require attendance.
  • In the Mahoning Valley, some school districts allow children to start kindergarten at the age of four. This happens only if the child will turn five on or before a certain date. Some schools require children to be five on or before August 1st, while other require children to be five on or before September 30th.
  • In Ohio, children are only required to attend kindergarten part-time (2.5 hours per day). Most school districts offer full-time/all-day kindergarten, but if a family requests only half-day kindergarten for their child the school must accommodate the request.

Ways to Celebrate:

In order to honor this very special day here are some things you can do:

  1. Go to any library branch and take home one of our Kindergarten Readiness Kits! These kits are created by PLYMC Librarians who specialize in youth services. They include fun and easy activities for families to enjoy together.
  2. Go to the library and check out some of the books listed below! Reading books with your child is a great way to prepare them for kindergarten and to practice early literacy skills.
  3. Take a walk and read a book at one of the Library’s Story Trails! The Story Trail includes pages of a picture book mounted on numbered signs. Families can walk, read, and enjoy the outdoors! Each sign also features an activity or question to get readers invested in the story. You can find these Story Trails at Boardman Park, the Lowellville Bike Trail, or at the Tri-Lakes Library.
  4. Celebrate a kindergarten teacher! Do something special for a teacher in your life. Take him/her out to lunch or to get a coffee.
  5. Share your kindergarten memories or favorite kindergarten photo using #NationalKindergartenDay on Social Media.

Books to Check Out!

Click here to view our list of Kindergarten-related books on our Bibliocommons catalog!  Call us or use the catalog to place holds on awesome kindergarten books such as:

Clifford Goes to Kindergarten, Planet Kindergarten, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates!,  The Best Thing About Kindergarten, Kindergarten is Cool!, Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten, Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten (*If you like this book, be sure to check out the other Miss Bindergarten books!*), Kindergarten, Here I Come!, and Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten.

Website Suggestions:

  • To find out more information about Kindergarten, you can visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website by clicking here!
  • For more information about kindergarten readiness at PLYMC click here!
  • Check out this interesting article by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and learn about the 4 things kindergarten teachers want you to know.

Hello everyone! I'm Brianna and I am a Youth Services Library Assistant at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Working at the library is a dream come true! There is nothing better than being surrounded by books all day long. It is perfect! When I'm not at the library, I spend most of my time playing with my son, Dean, and my three dogs! I have two huskies, Strider and Oakley, and one boxer named Izzy. They keep me pretty busy, but whenever I have a spare moment there is a YA novel in my hands. I am always looking for my next great read!