Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Transition from Preschool Services to Kindergarten

Topic editor: Kathy Whaley

National Centers, Studies & Specialized Projects Resources

Children's Defense Fund

Full-Day Kindergarten in the States (2012) reported by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will be updated annually.

PDF: Transition Practices from Preschool to Kindergarten (2011), a Research Brief published by the Curry School of Education (CASTL) at the University of Virginia describes pre-kindergarten teachers' use of kindergarten transition practices. (posted 05/13/2013)

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Harvard Family Research Project

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

NECTAC's Section 619 Profile, 19th Edition (2012) provides information on states' transition policies and practices.

National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC)

The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) formerly funded by OSEP investigated and validated practices to enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities. NECTC maintains a searchable database of transition research, policy and practice.

National Governor's Association

PDF: Building the Foundation for Bright Futures: A Governor's Guide to School Readiness (2005) by the National Governor's Association. See Supporting Ready Schools starting on pg. 11, Facilitating the Transition to Kindergarten. Also available from the National Governor's Association, but not available on online is their document Transitions to School by Elizabeth Stief (1994). See Relevant Research Findings on page 4. ISBN # 1-55877-197-2.

Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS)

The Pre-elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) funded by the National Center for Special Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences is a multi-year study examining preschool special education transition to kindergarten. (posted 2/17/12) The report entitled PDF: Early School Transitions and the Social Behavior of Children with Disabilities: Selected Findings from the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (2009) provides selected findings from the first three waves of data collection.

SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory

Planning for Terrific Transitions: A Guide for Transition-to-School Teams. This training tool is designed to help teachers, principals, parents, and other stakeholders improve their transition processes through more effective planning, implementation, and evaluation. The training package includes a trainer's guide, a participant's guide, a CD with all the transparencies needed, and a copy of all the handouts necessary for the training.

Terrific Transitions

Terrific Transitions is a Web site developed collaboratively between the SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory and the National Head Start Association to support children's transitions into kindergarten.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

W. K. Kellogg Foundation's initiative entitled SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) (2009)

State Resources

Guidance, Training & Technical Assistance

Special Projects & Initiatives

Parent Resources/Handbooks

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