Transition from Preschool Services to Kindergarten
See also: Practice Improvement Tools: Transition
National Centers, Studies and 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.
- 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. (2013)
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
- Preschool-to-Kindergarten Transition Patterns for African American Boys, Snapshot January 2014
- Preschool to kindergarten transition patterns for African American boys, Full Study
- Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten (2012)
- The Transition to Kindergarten: A Review of Current Research and Promising Practices to Involve Families (2002)
University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development
- Ready Freddy Pathways to Kindergarten Success website
- A New Approach to Transitions: Welcoming Families and Their Ideas into Kindergarten Classrooms, by Ken Smythe-Leistico, featured in the Harvard Family Research Project.
- Blending Theory with Practice: Implementing Kindergarten Transition Using the Interactive Systems Framework, by Ken Smythe-Leistico, Collen P. Young, Lauria A. Mulvey, and Robert B. McCall. (2012)
Resources from the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) are now hosted by this project. NECTC investigated and validated practices to enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities.
This training tool developed by SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory 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.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation's initiative entitled SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) (2009)
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. (2012) The report entitled 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.
- Colorado: Kindergarten School Readiness Guidance
- Georgia: Bright from the Start includes materials with suggestions for pre-K staff on classroom activities, parent workshops, and maintaining documentation.
- North Carolina: Terrific Transition: Ensuring Continuity of Services for Children and their Families (2005)
- New Jersey: New Jersey Kindergarten Implementation Guidelines (2011)
- A Parent's Guide to a Successful Kindergarten Transition (2007) is a 2 page color brochure available from the National Education Association.