Ready, Set, Kindergarten

The Ready, Set, Kindergarten (RSK) program provides parents with tools to advocate for their children before they start kindergarten and after, ensuring students receive an inclusive education.


Since 2017, RSK has educated a coalition of parents committed to the inclusion of their children with Down syndrome in general education classrooms. Parents meet once a month for six months during the year before their children start Kindergarten to educate themselves, strategize, and form a support network. Once these students enter Kindergarten, the parents will continue to offer support, idea sharing and problem solving to ensure students are receiving an inclusive education.

Class Schedule

Saturday, October 9th 9:00am-12:00pm @DSC: Inclusion Starts in Kindergarten

Wednesday, November 10th 7-9pm on Zoom: The Kindergarten IEP Process

Wednesday, January 12th 7-9pm on Zoom: Goals Drive Placement

Wednesday, February 9th 7-9pm on Zoom: Accommodations/Modifications for Kindergarten Success
Guest Speaker: Courtney Hansen

Wednesday, March 9th 7-9pm on Zoom: Addressing Behavior Concerns with the IEP
Guest Speaker: Alice Bravo

Saturday, April 23rd 9:00am-12:00pm @DSC: Parent Panel 

"The lead up to kindergarten is one of the most stressful life events for the parent of a child with special needs. I felt unprepared, uninformed, and overwhelmed prior to my daughter, Phoebe’s, kindergarten IEP meeting. I started attending RSK the fall before kindergarten started, and quickly gained the confidence and knowledge I needed to better advocate for my daughter. The materials were easy to access and understand, and they helped me facilitate positive conversations with my family and with Phoebe’s IEP team. The guest speakers were helpful and inspiring, while the instructors were amazing and supportive leaders. This experience has changed our lives for the better."
—Molly L.


The Ready, Set, Kindergarten tuition is a one-time, non-refundable $100. Tuition goes towards books, class materials, and guest speakers..

A sliding fee scale is available based on each family’s need. Please contact Katelyn Peters at [email protected] for more information or to see if you qualify.


The RSK program is open to parents of children entering Kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year in Western Washington.

Each family must complete a registration form and complete the tuition payment by the registration deadline. 

Registration will be open from Monday, August 23rd to Monday, September 20th. Once registration is closed DSC will email families class schedule and Zoom information.

*Disclaimer-This program is not legal advice. *

Registration is Now Closed

Questions? Email DSC Program Manager at [email protected]