The Up Side of Downs believes your child has unlimited potential and a very bright future! One of our goals is to help you navigate the educational maze and provide support along the journey. Many USOD parents express concerns and anxiety over sending their child with Down syndrome off to kindergarten. One of the best gifts you can give your child is a great foundation before going off to kindergarten. The Smart Start Program was developed in response to requests for support at this critical transition time.
The Smart Start Program is a series of sessions which will help you better understand what successful students with Down syndrome have in common. Participants will learn about a variety of topics that relate to student readiness, parent/teacher relationships, advocacy, Individualized Education Programs and much more. Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn about local resources and to meet other parents whose children are also preparing to enter kindergarten.
If you have a child with Down syndrome, ages 4, 5, or 6 and not yet in kindergarten, then Smart Start is for you!
If you have asked yourself any of the following questions then Smart Start is for you:
- Will my child be safe?
- Will my child be included?
- Will my child have friends?
- Will my child succeed?
For more information about Smart Start, please contact our Educational Programming & Resource Specialist.