Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills


WaKIDS is a process that helps to ensure a successful start in school.

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What is WaKIDS?

WaKids - Washington Inventory of Developing Skills

WaKIDS is a process that helps to ensure children entering Kindergarten have a successful start to the K-12 experience. WaKIDS provides a statewide view where children are in development as they enter Kindergarten. This information will help shape education policy and investments.

WaKIDS has three components:

  1. Family Connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.
  2. “Whole-Child” Assessment gives kindergarten teachers information about the social and emotional, physical, cognitive and linguistic development of the children in their classrooms, so they may tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child.
  3. Early Learning Collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.


What role does Early Care & Education provide?

Early Care & Education provides professional development, technical assistance and support, including training in the use of the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment process, to kindergarten teachers who are implementing WaKIDS (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills) – our state’s model designed to strengthen the kindergarten transition process.

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WaKIDS is a partnership paid for with state, federal and private funding. It is mandated for state-funded full-day kindergarten programs by ESHB 2586 The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) work together to oversee WaKIDS.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

School districts across Southwest Washington are now enrolling kindergarten students for the 2024-2025 school year. Families with children who are five years of age by August 31, should start the enrollment process now. Begin by checking the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) website in your county of residence (links to Clark County and Cowlitz County GIS sites are included here) to determine your assigned school district. Then contact that school district to determine specific enrollment steps. In most cases, kindergarten enrollment can be completed online.

*ESD112 may not be notified of changes that are made at the discretion of each individual school, so please note that all information is subject to change and dates/times should be confirmed with your specific school.

Click below to view registration options for these districts:

Registration Begins: Now Open
How To Register: Kindergarten enrollment webpage
Registration Contact Person: School Secretary

In-Person Roundup / Open House:

  • @ Captain Strong Primary – 5/21 4:30-6:30pm
  • @ Daybreak Primary – 5/21 time TBD
  • @ Yacolt Primary – 5/23 5:30-6:30pm
  • @ Maple Grove Primary – 5/23 5:30-6:30pm
  • @ Pleasant Valley Primary – 5/23 5:30-7pm
  • @ Glenwood Heights Primary – 5/23 5:30-6:30pm
  • @ Tukes Valley Primary – 5/23 5:30-6:30pm

Visit District Website >

Registration Begins: Now Open
How To Register: Kindergarten enrollment webpage
Registration Contact Person: School Secretary

In-Person Events:

  • Varies at each school – dates and times TBD

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Registration Begins: 4/8/24
How To Register: Online through Skyward (view instructions)
Registration Contact Person:
Angela Landon (Lead Secretary)

In-Person Roundup:

  • 5/1 at 6pm

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Registration Begins: 4/8/24
How To Register: Online through Skyward (view instructions)
Registration Contact Person:
Jen Ikerd (Head Secretary)

In-Person Roundup “Cub Nights”:

  • 4/18 at 5-6pm
  • 5/16 at 5-6pm

In-Person “Smart Start”:

  • 8/14 at 9-11am
  • 8/14 at 12-2pm
  • 8/15 at 9-11am
  • 8/15 at 12-2pm

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Registration Begins: 4/15/24
How To Register: Online Enrollment Page
Registration Contact Person:
Brenna Dunkle (District Registrar)

Kinder Parent Info Night:

@ South Ridge

  • 5/15 at 5:30-6:30pm (Last names A-L)
  • 5/16 at 5:30-6:30pm (Last names M-Z)

@ Union Ridge

  • 5/9 at 5:30-6:30pm (Last names A-M)
  • 5/16 at 5:30-6:30pm (Last names N-Z)

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Registration Begins: 4/8/24
How To Register:
Download packet and bring completed packet to “Kindergarten Registration Night” or turn it in to the school office M-F 8am-4pm

Registration Contact Person:
Stacey Wegdahl (Secretary)

Kindergarten Registration Night:

  • 4/10 at 5-6pm

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Registration Begins: 3/11/24
How To Register:
Request packet online or pick up from Woodland District Office. Submit packet in person M-F 8am-4pm or dropbox option.

Registration Contact Person:
Deena Capen (District Registrar/Data Coordinator)

K Kickoff Night:

  • @ Columbia Elem – 5/22 at 5-6:30pm
  • @ North Fork Elem – 5/21 at 4:30-6:30pm

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Program Contacts

Who to Contact

Sara Rushlo

Pre-k to 3rd Grade Manager


Phone: 360-952-3564

Email: sara.rushlo@esd112.org

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