According to the US Department of Education 6 out of 10 children are not prepared for kindergarten.

A school readiness gap exists for the youngest learners in Yolo County. Nearly 50 percent of three- and four-year-olds in the county do not experience preschool before starting Kindergarten. According to First 5 California, children who are prepared for school are more likely to stay in school and achieve future school success. 

Robert and I were both so nervous for him to start kindergarten. KinderCamp gave him the chance to be in a real classroom right here at Freeman Elementary School.


Robert’s Mom

KinderCamp is run in classrooms on an elementary school site each summer. Students participate in a variety of learning opportunities focused on increasing skills in math, literacy, social interactions, problem-solving and cause/effect. Every day a child attends, the child returns home with a brand-new book. Children also receive a healthy lunch, participate in a weekly Kids Farmer’s Market and receive hygiene education. 


  • KinderCamp mobilizes several community partners who share United Way’s dedication to helping children excel in school.  
  • Woodland Joint Unified School District provides three classrooms and helps recruit students.   
  • Yolo County YMCA leads the day-to-day program in the classroom.     
  • Empower Yolo offers onsite classes to parents/caregivers to gain skills to support their child’s development.      
  • Yolo County Office of Education administers individual developmental assessments.      
  • Yolo Food Bank offers Kid’s Farmers Market to KinderCamp and the entire summer school site.   
  • CommuniCare Health Center gives lessons on oral health and provides dental screenings and referrals.    
  • The City of Woodland provides 20 books per child and police officers provide safety awareness. 
  • Community members participate by helping in the classroom and reading with the students.