How to Participate


Students and classrooms can participate in Connecticut’s Kid Governor in two exciting ways:

A. Run a 5th grade student for Connecticut’s Kid Governor and vote in the election!
If you have students who are enthusiastic about leadership and eager to better their community, encourage them to run for Connecticut’s Kid Governor! Each school in Connecticut is eligible to offer one (1) 5th grade candidate to run for the position. Participating classes/schools will have access to a Connecticut’s Kid Governor Toolkit with:

  • Five in-class lessons about Connecticut’s three branches of government, the role of the governor, and how/why elections are held as an introduction to the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program.
  • In-class lessons about identifying community issues important to you, researching issues, and developing a campaign platform around an issue.
  • In-class lessons and resources about building a platform, crafting a campaign speech, voting in an election, and  holding an in-class or 5th grade-wide primary.
  • Tools and resources for filming your candidate’s campaign video.
  • Worksheets and resources for analyzing Connecticut’s Kid Governor candidate videos and voting during the Statewide Election.
*For classrooms nominating a student and voting, we recommend sending our Parent-Guardian Permission packet home early-on in the program to inform families of your class’s participation.

B.    Vote for Connecticut’s Kid Governor!
All 5th grade classrooms in Connecticut can participate in the election of the 2016 Kid Governor! “Voting Only” classes should reserve class time at the end of October to learn about how government works and the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program. They should also reserve time during the Statewide Election (November 6-14) to watch and analyze the candidate videos as a class.
Participating classes will have access to a Connecticut’s Kid Governor Toolkit with:
  • Five in-class lessons about Connecticut’s three branches of government, the role of the governor, and how/why elections are held as an introduction to the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program.
  • Two in-class lessons about how to vote in an election and how to analyze Connecticut’s Kid Governor candidate videos during the Statewide Election Week.
    (Election Week: November 6-14)
All classes interested in participating in Connecticut’s Kid Governor, whether nominating a candidate and voting in the election or as a “voting only” class, should complete the Participating Class Registration form.