East Boston Main Streets hosts an annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade, now in its 15th year. In addition to the parade, children entering kindergarten receive backpacks and assorted supplies, provided by local businesses, as the children march down Meridian Street.
The Countdown also includes music, food, face-painting, and programs to help prepare children to enter school, led by volunteers from agencies including the Boston Public Library, among others.
The event is sponsored by the Main Streets organization and by Countdown to Kindergarten, a partnership between the Boston School Department and more than two dozen local organizations working to prepare families to enter kindergarten and engage with their children’s education. Additional support comes from Boston Main Streets, the Boston Police Department, East Boston Head Start, the East Boston Social Center, the MBTA, and the YMCA of Greater Boston.