The Kindergarten font family, developed by graphic designer Tony de Marco (born 1963), is the most widely adopted typeface for handwriting education workbooks in Bazil. The original design was developed in 1996, and a commercial version called Bê-a-bá, featuring subtle changes in some letterforms, was released in 2015 by De Marco’s type foundry, Just in Type (previously Tipomovel).
According to the foundry website, Kindergarten has undergone continuous development and improvement from the time of its creation, and has been customised for several publishers and institutions, such as Editora Moderna, FTD, Saraiva, Ática, Fundação Bradesco, and Colégio Dante Alighieri. A popular example of Kindergarten in use is the Porta Aberta collection by FTD.
Kindergarten follows a continuous cursive style with loops and no slant. Its uppercase letters have some decorative features, and an abundance of knots that results in complex shapes in some cases. The spurless shapes of lower case a, q and g, the single looped f and the symmetrical l are some of its most recognisable features.