Young Fives - Programs - Our Schools / Programs - Roseville Community Schools

Young FIVEs is designed for children who:


  • Will turn 5 years old between September 1 and December 1
  • Will turn 5 years old by September 1 and are developmentally young




  • Guided growth provided by professional educators experienced in early childhood development
  • Classroom instruction with frequent movement, learning through play, with a focus on social development
  • A learning environment tailored to meet developing academic and/or social needs
  • Early exposure to kindergarten curriculum
  • Full day program
  • Familiarity with school routine to help build confidence
  • An opportunity to start school with same age children
  • Early literacy skills
  • Early numeracy skills
  • Latchkey available


Ongoing registration is available at all elementary schools or the Administration Building


Frequently Asked Questions -- Young Fives

How is Young Fives different from preschool?
The standards, curriculum, and teaching requirements in Young Fives is different from preschool. Young Fives is based on the Michigan Department of Education kindergarten standards. The program builds on the skills children may have learned in preschool to ensure they will be able to begin kindergarten with confidence.

How is Young Fives different from traditional kindergarten?
The Young Fives curriculum is based on kindergarten standards modified to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of younger children. The Young Fives environment includes more opportunities for social, emotional, language development, and communication though dramatic play, small group instruction and intentional teaching through hands-on activities.

What is the length of the Young Fives school day?
Young Fives is a full-day program that follows the regular school calendar.

Where is Young Fives located?
Young Fives will be located at one or more of our elementary buildings, depending on need and available space.

Is Young Fives mandatory for children with birthdays between September 1 and December 1?
We strongly recommend that eligible children take advantage of our Young Fives program, however enrollment is voluntary.

Does Young Fives support children who do not speak English?
English learners in Young Fives have the same level of services as those in kindergarten.

Is there a charge to attend Young Fives?
Young Fives is free and open to all age-eligible children residing in the Roseville Community Schools district or families in Macomb County who qualify for school of choice.

What kinds of qualifications do Young Fives teachers have?
Young Fives teachers are required to have a professional teaching certificate, just like kindergarten teachers.

What grade will children go into after Young Fives?
Young Fives is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience. Children will go to kindergarten after completing Young Fives.