National Kindergarten Day – April 21, 2019

Sun Apr 21

Get out your crayons and flash cards — it’s time for National Kindergarten Day!  

April 21 is the birthday of the German educator Friedrich Fröbel, who founded the first play and activity institute called kindergarten in 1837. (Kindergarten’s actually a mid-19th century German word literally meaning “children’s garden.”) But you already knew that.

According to Fröbel, young children should follow their own interests and freely explore them. That’s why kindergartens include singing, dancing, and creative play.

We need to find our nap mat just thinking about it.

National Kindergarten Day - History

1982

Mississippi went to kindergarten

This state was the last to create a public kindergarten program. Before 1982, only 45 percent of Mississippi children who began first grade finished the twelfth grade.

1965

Head Start

President Johnson's "War on Poverty" led to the Head Start program — designed to help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children.

1892

Fröbel College

Followers of Fröbel established a college of teacher education in London to continue his traditions.

1840

Kindergarten born

Friedrich Fröbel coined the word kindergarten for the play and activity institute he had founded for young children.

National Kindergarten Day Activities

  1. Appreciate your child's kindergarten teacher

    They can make a lifelong impression on your kids.

  2. Volunteer to help at a kindergarten

    Opportunities might exist for parents to take part in classroom activities.

  3. Read about Friedrich Fröbel

    He was a visionary whose philosophy can teach every parent how they can help children stay creative and curious.

4 Things To Consider During Naptime

  1. Kindergarteners in the U.S.

    About 3.5 million students enroll in kindergarten every year!

  2. Different states, different rules

    Nearly all states require school districts to provide some form of kindergarten, but only 18 require attendance.

  3. Kindergarten age requirements

    Kids in most states start at age five. New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania will admit certain students before their fifth birthday.

  4. The Prussian government once banned it

    Friedrich Fröbel's idea was considered so unorthodox that the Prussian government banned it for some time. However, the idea spread to Europe and the rest of the word.

Why We Love National Kindergarten Day

  1. Creativity

    Kindergartens encourage children to express themselves artistically.

  2. It fuels a child's curiosity

    Curiosity and interest-driven learning are at the heart of kindergarten teaching.

  3. Kindergartens foster independence

    Putting away your belongings, turning in your work, and tying your shoelaces are small but big things children learn along the way.

National Kindergarten Day dates
YearDateDay
2019April 21Sunday
2020April 21Tuesday
2021April 21Wednesday
2022April 21Thursday
2023April 21Friday