Young 5's Program

Thank you for choosing Ludington Area Schools for your child’s educational journey! We are excited to partner with you and your family to help your child and every student reach his or her potential in an engaging, inspiring, challenging, and supportive environment. Strong early childhood programs serve as the foundation of a strong educational system, and we are confident that our programs will meet your child’s needs.

With the support of our dedicated team of educators, staff and administrators, LASD students are challenged to use their imaginations, engage their critical thinking skills and become inspired to develop habits that will help them continue to learn and grow for the rest of their lives. Through the implementation of strong research based programs and practices, and instructional facilitation and intervention by the best educators that you will find, students will graduate from our kindergarten program prepared and ready to continue on in their pathway to success.

We invite you to become fully involved in the educational journey of your child and hope that you will use this webpage to learn more about the Young 5's Program registration and enrollment process. Thank you for choosing to be an Oriole!

We are now accepting enrollments for the Fall of 2021. Please be sure to review the following information to determine if the Young 5's Program is a great fit for your child.  


Ludington Area School's Young 5's Program is a transitional program that serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten.  This program will provide high-quality instruction using evidence-based instructional strategies that promote a strong foundation for academics, social, and emotional learning while still using the kindergarten academic standards. 

Students that voluntarily enroll in this program will be a “two year” kindergarten student, meaning they will be in the Young 5's Program the first year and a traditional kindergarten room the second year.


According to Michigan law, a child must be five (5) years prior to December 1st to enroll in any kindergarten program; although, it is recommended that the child should be five (5) prior to September 1st of the enrollment year.  Chronological age is not the determining factor.

Ideal candidates for the program have had preschool experience, but are no longer eligible to be enrolled in preschool. Please visit to learn more about eligibility for preschool programs.

Academic screening opportunities are available to provide additional information to support the decision by following the fourth step in the registration process. 

If you have any questions or would like to further discuss if this might be a good fit for the Young 5's program, please email Mrs. Katie Eisinger at


Young 5’s is a transitional program that serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten. The goal is that when your child exits the Young 5's Program, they are set up for success in the kindergarten classroom. 

The Young 5's Program will be housed at Franklin Elementary and will follow the LASD calendar similar to kindergarten students.  Students will attend Monday-Friday from 8:00-3:11. During the school day, students in the Young 5's program will also have physical education, music, art, and literacy/library.

This program is taught by an elementary certified teacher and will follow the same academic standards taught in the traditional kindergarten classroom.  Students in the Young 5's Program will have increased opportunities to explore foundational skills in both literacy and math at a slower pace with more play-based, hands-on learning. The program will also support a child's social and emotional growth with skills such as self-regulation, coping skills, problem solving skills, etc. 


First, be sure to follow the letter above and register your child for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.  The last step is to send an email to Mrs. Katie Eisinger, principal at Franklin Elementary, at expressing interest in the program.

An invitation letter will be mailed by the end of June, following the same timeline as Building Placement Letters for kindergarten registration.  

Due to the limited enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year, please note the following:

  • Expressing interest in the Young 5's program does not guarantee your child's enrollment into the program.  
  • If your child is eligible for both a preschool program and the Young 5's program, it is strongly encouraged to follow through with preschool registration until an official invitations has been extended. 
  • Priority will be given to students that turn five (5) years of age between August 1st and December 1st, do not qualify for preschool programs, and/ or would benefit from the additional experiences to acclimate to school.