For Educators: Ways Your Class and Students Can Participate!

The Kid Governor program started in Connecticut in 2015 and is coming to more states soon!  If you’re interested in how you can bring Kid Governor to your state, please see the “Bring Kid Governor to Your State!” page.

Students and classrooms can participate in your state’s Kid Governor? program in two exciting ways:

Run a 5th grade student for 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 Kid Governor of your state! Each school is eligible to nominate one (1) 5th grade candidate to run for the position. Participating classes/schools will have access to a Kid Governor Toolkit with:
  • In-class lessons about your state’s three branches of government, the role of the governor, and how/why elections are held as an introduction to the 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 Kid Governor candidate videos and voting during election week.

Vote for your state’s Kid Governor!
All 5th grade classrooms can participate in the election of their Kid Governor! “Voting Only” classes should reserve class time at the end of October to learn about how government works and the Kid Governor program. They should also reserve time 
during the Statewide Election Week (November 6-14) to watch and analyze the candidate videos as a class.

Participating classes will have access to a Kid Governor Toolkit with:
  • In-class lessons about your state’s three branches of government, the role of the governor, and how/why elections are held as an introduction to the Kid Governor program.
  • Two in-class lessons about how to vote in an election and how to analyze Kid Governor candidate videos during the Statewide Election Week.
  • (Election Week: November 6-14)


All classes interested in participating in Kid Governor, whether nominating a candidate and voting in the election or as a “voting only” class, should complete the Participating Class Registration form.