Effective Transitions for Children with Special Needs from Preschool to Kindergarten

A challenge for Head Start programs is to offer seemless transitions to kindergarten for children with disabilities. The following presentation offers disabilities specialists and other administrators research findings regarding this process, as well as some strategies and tools to make the process easier for Head Start staff and families

The following article is provided courtesy of The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC).

Participant Outcomes

  • Examine current research for Pre-K to K transition
  • Explore practices that promote the successful transition of children from diverse cultures and children with significant special needs;
  • Identify tools and strategies for use at a local level to promote the successful transition;
  • Promote the inclusion of families in preschool children’s transition to kindergarten;
  • Utilize effective research, curriculum, and strategies to improve educational, social, and emotional outcomes.

Agenda

  • Context, Conceptual Models and Transition Outcomes
  • Research on Benefits of Transition Planning and Transition Practices
  • Policies and Regulations
  • Socio-cultural Factors that Impact Transitions
  • Identifying Key Practices and Supporting Strategies

Effective Transitions for Children with Special Needs from Preschool to Kindergarten [PDF, 1.06MB]

Effective Transitions for Children with Special Needs from Preschool to Kindergarten. Rous, Beth. National Early Childhood Transition Center. ED/OSERS/OSEP. 2007. English. [PDF, 1.05MB].

Last Reviewed: August 2013

Last Updated: October 3, 2014