Incoming Kindergartners must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2020.

Exception: According to Michigan Law, a child may be enrolled in kindergarten if he/she is not five years of age on September 1, 2020, but will be five years of age not later than December 1, 2020, and parent or legal guardian notifies the school district in writing (Kindergarten Waiver Form) that he or she intends to enroll the child in kindergarten.

Research indicates that developmentally appropriate full-day schedules benefit kindergarten children academically, socially and emotionally. Our principals and teachers understand this and are well equipped to meet the needs of our kindergarten students.

Our kindergarten students begin to learn a whole host of reading, writing and mathematics concepts and learning strategies that give them the foundation for a successful start to their schooling.

How can I help my child prepare for kindergarten?

  • Help your child gain independence - Support your child in being able to dress themselves, tie their own shoes, zip their coats, clean up dishes from the table, wash their hands, complete simple chores.
  • Support conversation and listening to others - Talk with your child, encourage questions, play games with turn taking, read books, tell stories, talk about the stories or the facts in a book, encourage retelling of an event or a story, etc.
  • Encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder - Talk with your child. Ask open-ended questions such as, “What do you think?”, “Is there another way?”, “How might you…?” Explore new experiences together: visit the zoo, the library, the mall, the park etc.
  • Support problem solving and perspective taking - Encourage your child to figure things out. Ask questions like, “Is there another way?”, “What could you do to fix that?”, “How might you help with?”, “How did that make your friend feel?”
  • Encourage reading and writing - Read to your child, notice familiar signs in your community, encourage your child to make lists, draw pictures, play with letters and words. For more ideas visit the US Department of Education Reading Tips .
  • Engage in math-based activities - Encourage measuring and counting. Cook with your child, play memory and simple card games, spend time playing board games together, count, sort, and group items when driving in the car or grocery shopping.

Young Fives Information

The Van Buren Public Schools Young Fives Program is free for younger five-year-old children who live in the Van Buren Public Schools attendance area. It is a full-day program that includes age and ability-appropriate instruction in all common core subject areas. Students will participate in music, art, physical education and media specials. Transportation is provided.


The goal of the program is to provide exceptional educational opportunities for younger five-year-old children who are not quite ready to attend a formal full-day Kindergarten but have different interests and abilities than preschoolers. Many children may not have the social, emotional or developmental maturity to succeed in a formal full-day Kindergarten program.


Eligibility for Young Fives is determined by birthdate—child must turn five before September 1, 2020. Children who will turn five between September 2 and December 1, 2020, are eligible to attend if a completed Kindergarten Waiver Form is submitted with your registration.  Please click the link below to complete the waiver below.

Kindergarten Waiver Request Form


Students who participate in the Young Fives program in 2020-2021 will attend their home elementary school for Kindergarten the following year, 2021-2022


Young Fives and Kindergarten enrollment applications are currently being accepted.  Instructions for enrolling and the online enrollment form can be found by clicking the links below.  

How To Enroll

On-line Enrollment


Your elementary school is based on your address within the district attendance boundaries. To see a map of the boundaries, click on the link below or click HERE to locate your school 

Attendance Boundary Map