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Lawrence Learns is a collective effort between LPS and community agencies to support and celebrate successful transitions into Lawrence Public Schools preschool and kindergarten programs.
Our mission is to raise awareness about the importance of early learning, to support timely school registration, and to provide information about school readiness – and access to community resources -- for families and students entering preschool and kindergarten in the Lawrence Public Schools.
Will your child be four or five years of age by September 1,2017?
Would you like a reminder from us about when it's time to register for preschool or kindergarten?
If so, please use the form below to add your email address. We'll send you information in the spring about how, when and where to register, and how you can help your little one get ready for this big transition. 

School Readiness Video English Version

School Readiness Video Spanish Version

Important Dates for your calendar:
  • Lawrence Learns Block Party:
    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 (past event)
  • First day of preschool and kindergarten:
    Monday, August 29, 2016 (past event)
Readiness Activities:
Download the Placement Poster 
  • Visit your child’s new school. Be sure to attend the school orientation to get a tour and meet staff, but also visit the playground when school is not in session. The more your child gets used to going to the school, the easier it will be for him or her to separate from you on the first day.
  • Walk the route to school together before the big day. It’s a great opportunity to point out cross walks, looking both ways before crossing streets, and other safety strategies.
  • Schedule your child’s annual physical. LPS requires at the time of registration a completed physical (dated in the last 12 months), up-to-date vaccinations, a TB test or low risk assessment, and for kindergarteners only: a vision screening (including stereopsis) and lead test results.
Your Official Checklist:
1. Start the registration process at Enrollment
2. Gather the required documents you will need to complete the registration.
3. Make an appointment to complete registration at the Family Resource Center (978-975-5900).
4. Get your free Lawrence Learns Gift Bag when you complete school registration
5. Explore the readiness activities listed on this page.
6. Participate in the free Lawrence Learns Celebration in August (note: Families who have completed school registration will be invited to attend.) Be sure to register between May 2 and June 30!
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7. Be on the lookout for information from your new school for a screening and an invitation to an orientation.
8. Get ready for the first day of school on Monday, August 29.
  • Make an appointment to see a dentist. Kids can’t learn if their teeth hurt. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to set up a schedule of regular cleanings and care.
  • Create routines such as setting a bedtime and wake-up time, and sticking to them. This helps children know what to expect, and ensures they get enough rest.
  • Read books together about going to school as well as about topics that interest your child. Sign up for a library card at the Lawrence Public Library, where you can borrow books to enjoy at home.
  • Make the most out of down time together. For example, when walking, driving or taking the bus, ask questions about what you see: How many cars are over there? What color is that sign? What letter does ‘bus’ start with? How many steps do you think it will take us to reach the doorway?
  • Encourage independence by allowing your child to make limited choices such as “Do you want to wear your purple shirt or the yellow one?” Encourage your child to dress him or herself, learn to button and zip clothes, and put on his or her own shoes. Learning how to open juice boxes and food containers are also skills that will help make the transition into the classroom a little easier.
  • Don’t forget: Lawrence Public Schools has a uniform policy. Uniforms can be purchased from a number of retailers in Lawrence and include many styles of shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and jumpers.
Free Events and Spaces to Play
Check out the We Are Lawrence calendar for free and low cost activities happening in Lawrence.
Check out Groundwork Lawrence for a list of transformed spaces that are now parks, playgrounds, gardens, wooded trails and pathways, promoting healthy pursuits like walking, running, cycling and gardening.
GLCAC Tadpole Room Early Learning Readiness Program is a six week parent/child program for families with young children. To learn more, contact GLCAC at 978-681-4996 ext. 4726.
The Lawrence Public Library provides free library cards that allow residents to borrow books at no cost. Their Children’s Room offers a friendly setting to share books together and check out special programs.
Our Community Partners
This effort would not be possible without the support of our partners. Check out our list of partners and visit their website to learn about resources for health, enrichment, educational support and so much more. Here is our partner list, as of February 2016.
Our Sponsors and Contributors
Special thanks to the generous contributions of these businesses and organizations: