There will be roughly 180 students participating in the program, which is free to families. About 120 of those students will be in Flagstaff, with another 30 in both the Williams Unified School District and the Blue Ridge School District of Pinetop/Lakeside.
During the four weeks, the children will learn letters and sounds, numbers and some science while getting used to being part of a classroom community.
Owen said that parents of KinderCampers notice that their child is more helpful around the house, more willing to share and looking for additional responsibility and independence after completing the program.
Another important aspect of the program is a meeting with the parents or caretakers of each child and the gift of a "literacy kit" filled with chalk, Legos, books and activities that parents can easily do at home with their kids with items already in the house.
There's also a nice article about what kindergarteners need to know before that first day of class.
"It's all about being motivated and excited about learning," Owen said, "as well as the social skills that make a kiddo well-rounded and confident."