Preschool to Kindergarten

Transitioning to Kindergarten

Your child will be starting kindergarten soon! This is an exciting time, but this change can also bring about anxiety, questions and concerns for some.  Down Syndrome of Louisville is here to help calm those nerves, answer any questions, and address any concerns.  Below you will find a few ways to help you get started with your child’s transition to kindergarten.    

Here are a few things that you can start thinking about now:

Choosing a school– If your child will be transitioning into a new school this will be your first step. 

If you are planning to send your child to Jefferson County Public Schools, use the link below to get started.

Here is some important information about what will be provided for your child in a public school 

Here are a couple private schools that our members attend and parents have been happy with.  If you decide to enroll your child at a school that has not yet had a child with Down Syndrome attend, we would love to have the opportunity to educate and advocate for/with you.

Advocacy Services provided by DSL

Our School Age Education staff can provide consultation regarding your child’s IEP, attend school-based meetings and/or consult with your child’s teacher regarding academic issues during your child’s school experience. There is a free service. 

IEP Tool Kit- The special education system and IEP process can be overwhelming and confusing.  We’ve put together a tool kit to help you understand a little more about how the IEP process and meetings run.  You can find that information here.  But, as always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions. 

IEP Binder- You will find that organization of your IEP meetings will help the process run more smoothly each year.  We’ve created a binder for you to help you organize your child’s IEPs.  Call Susan Teaford or Tammy Gilles at DSL to get your free IEP binder.  

Additional School Age Resources- You can find even more resources on our website, including tips and strategies for learning.  Click here for more information. Don’t forget to check out DSL’s School Age programming opportunities as well!


As always, we are here to help you!  Any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.


Susan Teaford, School Age Manager

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