Kindergarten Tool Kit

Resources, tutorials, and links for kindergarten educators and communities considering full-day kindergarten.

Play-Based Kindergarten

In 2018, the state of New Hampshire amended RSA 193-E:2-a, the Substantive Educational Content of an Adequate Education law. The amendment, HB 1499, added a provision specific to the course content and teaching of kindergarten, which is structured upon a play-based model. The new section of the law states:

"Instruction in support of kindergarten standards shall be engaging and shall foster children's development and learning in all domains including physical, social, cognitive, and language. Educators shall create a learning environment that facilitates high quality, child-directed experiences based upon early childhood best teaching practices and play-based learning that comprise movement, creative expression, exploration, socialization, and music. Educators shall develop literacy through guided reading and shall provide unstructured time for the discovery of each child's individual talents, abilities, and needs."

In late August 2018, Dr. Kimberly Nesbitt, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire, held two workshops with educators at the NH DOE to discuss instructional strategies and tools before the beginning of the new school year starts.

Resources for Teachers, Curriculum Instructors, and Administrators

Kindergarten Readiness and Transitions

Full-Day Kindergarten Toolkit

The following resources are provided to communities as they begin conversations about full-day kindergarten (FDK).

  • Pyramid Model
  • Districts With Full-Day Kindergarten
    Data on where full-day kindergarten programs are operating in the state.
  • Why it Matters
    A publication about the time children spend engaged in learning has significant impact that can't be replicated.
  • Everyone Benefits
    A brochure insert (tri-fold) that can be tailored to your community including adding your own front cover for your school.
  • Kindergarten CCSS Mathematics
    This publication provides documentation to support that the Common Core Standards are written for full day kindergarten programs.


Karen DuBois-Garofalo
Play-based Learning Coordinator   
Office (603) 862-2835

Victoria Sullivan
NHDOE/UNH PDG Administrative Consultant
Cell (978) 420-2164