School Readiness
Will my child be ready for school? What are things my child will need to know in kindergarten? Though there are variations in different school systems, the materials below have been developed with input from Transition Teams across the state. These teams are made up of teachers and administrative staff from child care, preschool, Head Start, Pre-K, public and private schools, and others who work to ensure young children’s healthy development and readiness for school success. The materials are designed for use in the year before school entry, and we encourage you to ask if your school system has similar materials that can help you ensure that your child enters school with the best chance for success.
Pre-K Skills for School Readiness

Parent's Guide to Kindergarten Success

The Handbook for Alabama Parents
This comprehensive resource and referral guide was developed for the Smart Start Parenting Kit.  The handbook includes information and state resources just for parents in Alabama.  Click here to download the Handbook and browse through it to read topics that interest you and are relevant to your family.


FOCUS Packets
Each month a packet of resources and materials is compiled surrounding the month’s FOCUS and distributed to all organizations that request the information for distribution in local communities.  Below are FOCUS packet topics that might include resources of interest to you as a parent.  For more information, please contact Michele Smith Piggott, Smart Start Director.


Zero to Three - The School Ready Child Infographic

Parenting: Right From The Start Video
The Parenting: Right From The Start video was developed as part of the Smart Start Parenting Kit, a comprehensive tool designed for parents of newborns.  For more information on the Smart Start Parenting Kit click here or email Tish MacInnis.
 Additional Resources

Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative (AHMREI)

   AHMREI website

Early Intervention
Alabama's Early Intervention website

Emergency/Disaster Preparedness  
   ADPH Emergency Preparedness website

   ADPH Preparing for Disaster website (Special Information for Mobile & Baldwin County Pregnant
   Women & Families with Newborns)

Health Insurance
   All Kids Children's Health Insurance Program website

   HealthInsurance.Alabama.Gov website

   Insure Alabama website

   Women, Infants and Children (WIC) website 

Parent Support

   Parenting Assistance Line (PAL) website 
      To talk to a PAL Parent Resource Specialist call the toll-free number at 1-866-962-3030.
      Text BABY (or BEBE) to 511411 or visit the TEXT4BABY website.
Safe Sleep
   Safety for Sleeping Babies brochure
Smoking Cessation
   Alabama Quitnow website
     To call the Alabama Tobacco Quitline call the toll-free number at 1-800-QUITNOW.

Zero to Three - The School Ready Child Infographic