Community Literacy Efforts: Kindergarten Readiness & Early Learning

Treehouse Children's Museum has a community-focused initiative to help parents and grandparents prepare their children for the start of school. Recognizing that many children start Kindergarten in local schools without the skills they need to succeed, and that many children do not attend any preschool programs before the start of their formal schooling, the Treehouse Board and staff worked with educators, schools, and community organizations, and with a renowned children's book illustrator and author, to provide new resources to both parents and teachers.

Baby Talk with Baby Bear

For the youngest children, ages birth to 3, Treehouse offers the “Baby Talk with Baby Bear” package, with a booklet for parents about the importance of talking, reading, and singing to a child from birth, a board book of “Baby Baby Sees Blue” by Ashley Wolff (Ms. Wolff’s illustrations also appear in the parent booklet), and a plush Baby Bear. These are available for purchase at Treehouse, or you can donate to help Treehouse provide the materials to local parenting programs.

Thanks to the donor of the “Baby Talk with Baby Bear" project:



Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

It's easier to help children master the skills they need to start school with the help of the Get Ready for Kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten Activity Book. Parents and children use the book over the summer months between Kindergarten Registration and the first day of Kindergarten. The Activity Book comes with  a copy of the original Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten paperback book by Joe Slate and Ashley Wolff in a cinch backpack. If your child did not receive a packet this year and is starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2020, please email us at lgoodwin@treehousemuseum.org with your name, your child's name, the school they will be attending, your mailing address, and your phone number.

To mark the start of Kindergarten and being ready to learn, Treehouse annually hosts a Kindergarten Celebration on the first Saturday of August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Treehouse. This year it's Saturday, August 1, 2020. The Celebration has a circus theme and provides lots of activities that reinforce the skills presented in the Get Ready for Kindergarten Activity Books. "I'm Ready for Kindergarten" shirts are free to children starting Kindergarten while supplies last.

Curious about the program's impact?

Download Our Bindergarten Infographic


Here are some pictures of the fun:

There are circus themed activities outside and inside the Museum as we recognize all the thousands of children who were going to school ready to learn! Miss Bindergarten herself is there to hug her young fans.

Admission to the Kindergarten Celebration for all visitors is free, thanks to funding from Weber County RAMP.  Every year we look forward to lots of children and parents celebrating being ready to learn as we continue to “Get Ready for Kindergarten” together!

Thanks to the major supporters of Treehouse’s Get Ready for Kindergarten Initiative:

These materials are available to school districts, individual schools, parents, and grandparents and may be purchased at Treehouse or on our website.

Visit the Treehouse Shop to purchase publications

Treehouse provides additional resources for both parents and teachers as part of our Get Ready for Kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten initiative.

Visit our online resources for PARENTS

Visit our online resources for TEACHERS