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Start Strong Kinder Ready

Rowan-Salisbury Schools Announces Kindergarten Readiness Campaign  

#StartStrongKinderReady - Building Confident Kindergarten Stars!


Prepare for a journey of early childhood development like never before! Next week marks the start of the Rowan-Salisbury School System (RSS) #StartStrongKinderReady campaign, a comprehensive initiative designed to empower parents and caregivers in preparing their children for kindergarten success.


The #StartStrongKinderReady campaign is committed to fostering kindergarten readiness through a strategic, year-long program filled with engaging activities and invaluable resources for families. The campaign is divided into three distinct phases, each addressing specific developmental areas and equipped with tailored guidance for parents: Socialization and Language Skills, Learning and Self-Help/Motor Skills, Procedural Knowledge and Concepts. 


As part of the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s Strategic Plan “Renewal in Action 2028,” RSS commits to building academic excellence in part by preparing students for personalized learning acceleration as they enter schools for the first time. The success of each student as they enter kindergarten relies on students mastering key skills prior to their academic journey. The goal of the RSS Kindergarten Readiness Campaign is to build awareness in the community of simple ways to support and grow our future students. 


“Our efforts to create awareness is a pretty monumental task, but it really involves some simple steps from our community,” RSS Superintendent Dr. Kelly Withers said. “Anyone can participate in preparing our preschoolers, from playing i spy to sorting the colors of socks. Business owners while children are in their stores can interact with young children to engage them in developing social skills.”


The #StartStrongKinderReady campaign provides parents with invaluable skills and tips tailored to the unique needs of their young learners through this multi-phase initiative designed to prepare children for kindergarten success through a variety of engaging activities. Parents will be able to participate in live webinars and workshops, watch helpful how-to and tips videos, and they will have access to a variety of materials and helpful activities and phrases to help teach their preschooler to be kindergarten ready.  


“The more we can do as a village to provide preschool children with strong foundations in counting, sorting, and other academic concepts to social skill development through play dates and interacting in basic conversations, the better prepared these children will be as they enter school,” Withers said. “That kindergarten readiness will allow them the best experience with new concepts and set the stage for years of more academic success.”


Join us in this transformative journey as we empower our children to #StartStrongKinderReady! Together, we'll build confident kindergarten stars who are ready to shine.


For more information and to follow the campaign, please visit and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #StartStrongKinderReady.



The Rowan-Salisbury School System mission is to inspire innovative and engaging learning experiences. RRS is committed to building academic excellence, growing students and staff through engaging experiences, reinforcing wellness, investing in talent, and supporting organizational foundations to best serve students and schools. With a commitment to fostering lifelong learning, the Rowan-Salisbury School System is preparing students for success in an ever-changing world of work and community.