Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes

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Transition from Preschool Services to Kindergarten

See also: Practice Improvement Tools: Transition

National Centers, Studies and Specialized Projects Resources

Children's Defense Fund

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Harvard Family Research Project

University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development

Early Childhood Research and Development Initiative

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.

Planning for Terrific Transitions: A Guide for Transition-to-School Teams

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.

State Resources

Parent Resources/Handbooks