Creating your own State-Level Kindergarten Association
In an attempt to answer your questions and guide you through the process of starting your own state kindergarten association, NKA has collected many bits and pieces from our members.
The outline from the California Kindergarten Association (1 Formation of CKA.pdf) is an excellent, detailed step by step guide. The narratives from other state organizations (2 How to.pdf) offer general and specific information. The NKA sample By-Laws (3 By-Laws.pdf), Policies and Procedures (4 Policies & Procedures.pdf) and Job Descriptions (5 Job Descriptions.pdf) were all created based on documents from several state organizations and then adapted to the needs of our national organization.
These documents are all downloadable in pdf form. Please feel free to look them over, use what you can, adapt what will meet your needs and discard that which you find to be “not a good fit.”
If you feel you are not quite ready to go “statewide” but want to do something, NKA suggests that you start small by having monthly or bimonthly kindergarten teacher meetings within your school district. Hold these gatherings after school and invite teachers to bring a curriculum idea to share and/or a problem for brainstorm solving. Be sure to offer a little snack!
Then after a few meetings, invite kindergarten teachers from surrounding districts and continue to branch out in this manner until you find yourselves with a large enough area to say you are “statewide.”
The alternate route to statewide is through a kindergarten conference. Please refer to the narrative from Alabama for this avenue. Lois Logan, current NKA President, is more than happy to answer any questions you may have on this.
Download the PDF files below to get started today.