The mission of the Kindergarten Readiness Rally:

  • to celebrate young children by providing opportunities to explore the world of kindergarten
  • to make every child's first school experience a positive one
  • to help every child walk into school ready to succeed

Each Spring, dozens of community organizations, preschools, and elementary schools converge at the Blue Ridge Mall to provide an opportunity for rising kindergarteners and their families to learn and engage to prepare for the big transition to kindergarten.  Each organization provides an activity for young children that will help them prepare for kindergarten, and families can learn about valuable resources in our community to help them best support their children as they grow.

Be on the lookout for the date for next Spring!

In partnership with Henderson County Public Schools with support from the United Way of Henderson County, Smart Start is leading an initiative to help prepare children and families for kindergarten.  Smart Start hosts Henderson County's Annual Kindergarten Readiness Rally in the Spring and provides leadership for transition teams housed within local elementary schools.

Working together with early care and education professionals and public K-5 schools, we hope to build a bridge that will help children be better prepared to begin kindergarten ready to succeed.

We aim to support children and families in all areas of development including language development, emotional and social development, cognitive development, physical development and self-care, and approaches to learning.

 Click here for helpful links on kindergarten transition

 

For additional information, please contact:

Kelly Hart, Program Support Specialist

722 5th Avenue West

Hendersonville, NC 28739

Phone:  (828) 693-1580

Email Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If your child will be 5 by August 31, you can enroll him/her in kindergarten!  Here are some of hte choices that are available to you and your family:

Henderson County Public Schools - Families are assigned to schools based on the street address of their residence.  You can find more information about your child's school assignment here.

Bruce Drysdale Elementary and Hendersonville Elementary operate on a Flex Calendar while the remaining 11 elementary schoools operate on a Traditional Calendar.

 

Charter Schools - Charter schools are free, public schools with an independent curriculum.  Admission to these schools is open to any child living in North Carolina.  Enrollment is usually based on a lottery of all applicants.

The Mountain Community School

Fern Leaf Community Charter School

 

Private Schools - Tuition-based schools.

 

Smart Start can provide scholarships to families with children ages 0-5 who are enrolled in 4- or 5-star rated childcare facilities in Henderson County.

In order to qualify for a Smart Start Scholarship, the parent or responsible adult must provide proof of employment of at least 30 hours per week or proof of current enrollment as a full-time student.  This criteria applies to both parents if they are living together in the same home.

Income eligibility depends upon family size and is calculated based upon the gross pay listed on the 3 most recent paystubs from the parent or responsible adult's employer plus any other forms of income the family may receive, i.e., child support.

Family Size 

Monthly Income Limit

1

$2,010

2

$2,707

3

$3,403

4

$4,100

5

$4,797

6

$5,493

7

$6,190

Appointments can be scheduled as funding allows to determine eligibility and issue Smart Start Scholarships.  At times, Smart Start maintains a waiting list of interested applicants.

 

For additional information, please contact:

Kelly Hart, Program Support Specialist

722 5th Avenue West

Hendersonville, NC 28739

(828) 693-1580

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.