Kindergarten holds a place in the education of a student as one of the foundations for the attitudes about learning that children and families will carry with them throughout their years of schooling and beyond. Therefore, it is critical that NC kindergarten programs provide a solid educational and developmental base for all children.

The NC State Board of Education and the NC Department of Public Instruction value high-quality kindergarten programs and have provided several materials and resources, including a NC State Board of Education endorsed Kindergarten Position Statement, to support your endeavor in enhancing kindergarten programs to support all of our young learners.

We invite you to print and distribute the materials and resources in this tab to support your efforts to provide high-quality kindergarten programs in your district. Please know that several of these resources are also available for purchase from the NCDPI Publications catalogue:

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NC Position Statement on Kindergartens of the 21st Century
The NC Position Statement on Kindergartens of the 21st Century was endorsed by the NC State Board of Education in June 2007. It charges North Carolina to provide high quality kindergarten programs in order for children to succeed in their future school endeavors and become productive citizens in the global world of the 21st Century.
Available HERE
NEW! Kindergarten Center Posters & Planning Guides
Learning Centers (also known as Interest Centers or Developmental Centers) offer students a variety of carefully selected materials, activities, and learning experiences from which to choose to support various learning standards and educational goals. Often learning centers have a place to sit and work with shelves and materials surrounding the area, creating a protected space where children can work independently or with classmates. Teachers are actively engaged with the students, using the centers as a structure for teaching (Phillips & Scrinzi, 2013).

The Kindergarten Center Posters and accompanying Planning Guides are designed to support efforts in setting up various learning centers in a kindergarten classroom and to think intentionally about, plan for and facilitate important learning to occur in these areas. Resources address the following Learning Centers:
  • Art Center
  • Block Center
  • Books & Listening Center
  • Dramatic Play Center
  • Math Center
  • Science Center
  • Writing Center
Art Center Poster
Art Center Planning Guide

Block Center Poster
Block Center Planning Guide

Books & Listening Center Poster
Books & Listening Center Planning Guide

Dramatic Play Center Poster
Dramatic Play Center Planning Guide

Math Center Poster
Math Center Planning Guide

Science Center Poster
Science Center Planning Guide

Writing Center Poster
Writing Center Planning Guide
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Printed in Color & on
The NC Guide for the Early Years, 2nd Edition
The NC Guide for the Early Years is designed to be a major resource for early learning professionals, combining the latest research about how preschool and kindergarten children learn with time-tested strategies and essential teaching tools. This resource acknowledges the importance of using learning centers as the major vehicle to organize a classroom. It also acknowledges the importance of these eight elements:
  • a strong, evidence-base curriculum
  • purposeful teaching
  • effective schedules, routines, & transitions
  • a positive interpersonal environment
  • partnerships with families
  • positive professional relationships
  • a broad repertoire of instructional practices
  • child-initiated and teacher- supported play
Available HERE
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Notebook Ready
Resource Manual for Administrators and Principals Supervising and Evaluating Teachers of Young Children
The Resource Manual for Administrators & Principals Supervising and Evaluating Teachers of Young Children is a practical guide especially created for early childhood principals, administrators, teachers, and others who are directly involved in providing high-quality preschool and kindergarten programs for young children in both public and nonpublic settings.

The purpose of this manual is to inform evaluators and administrators about the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process (NC TEP) and how it can be used to promote the professional development and growth of early childhood professionals.

Principals of kindergarten programs may be particularly interested in the sample teacher behaviors, child behaviors, classroom conditions, & artifacts provided on pages 41 - 102. These examples help illustrate the standards & elements for early childhood classrooms and can serve as an important resource when observing, evaluating and supporting kindergarten teachers.
Available HERE
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Notebook Ready
NC's Office of Early Learning Pre-K and Kindergarten Demonstration Site Program
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is offering the Demonstration Site Program with funding from the Division of Exceptional Children and the Title I Program. This program offers the opportunity to visit inclusive preschool and kindergarten classrooms to view effective practices. This professional development opportunity is available for anyone working with young children.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please feel free to contact Carla Garrett (
Please find information for scheduling an observation, including contact information, **HERE**.
KEA Flyer: Off to a Good Start: Formative Assessment for Kindergartners
This flyer highlights some important questions and answers regarding the NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process for kindergarten students for the 2016-2017 school year. Districts and schools can use the flyer to educate teachers and families about the process, which is designed to help students reach their full potential. This two-sided flyer provides an English version on one side, and a Spanish version on the other side.
Available HERE

30 per pack