The transition to kindergarten can be a time of great excitement and joy for everyone involved. For children, it is an opportunity to learn new things, master new skills, and feel proud that they are going to kindergarten. For families, it can bring a sense of delight as their children reach another milestone. For Head Start staff and receiving schools, it is a great time for collaboration, coordination, and joint planning.
When early childhood education (ECE) programs and schools actively engage families in their child's transition to kindergarten, and when they are responsive to families' efforts to participate in these transitions, families show increased involvement during the kindergarten year (Schulting, Malone, and Dodge, 2005).
Explore this collection of resources and videos to find the latest information about the importance of engaging families and partnering with them in the transition to kindergarten.
Learn how programs can work with children and families remotely to promote learning and plan for transitions.
Learn how the transition to kindergarten impacts children and families. Find examples of how strong Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework program foundations and impact areas are linked with successful program practices.
Explore the link between family engagement and school readiness. Find strategies and additional resources to help staff and programs strengthen their family engagement and school readiness practices.
Strong relationships between staff and families can help make the transition-to-kindergarten experience a good one. Learn how to offer families support and guidance to help them feel ready to make the transition.
Early childhood is a time when children can gain the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in school. Explore how to support families in their relationships with their children to help promote learning, healthy development, and success in school and in life.
Follow a Head Start program as it partners with families preparing for kindergarten. Find ideas, tips, and strategies for partnering with families and schools as children transition to kindergarten.
Watch this video to learn about Head Start parents' hopes for their children as they prepare for kindergarten. Explore research-based strategies to build stability and consistency for children and families.
Learn how a Laguna, NM Head Start program prepares children and families for the transition to kindergarten. Find specific strategies that support children and families during this important transition.
Find out about the strategies that Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. in Dunkirk, NY uses to promote school readiness. The program works with families, schools, and local programs to prepare children for school.
Share this step-by-step guide with parents to help them prepare their child for the transition from home to a Head Start program after a public health crisis or emergency.
Watch this webinar to learn about strategies to develop and sustain partnerships between Head Start programs and their receiving elementary schools and communities.
Explore how to apply strengths-based attitudes and relationship-based practices. Discover how to build a relationship between a Head Start coordinator and a receiving public school special education team leader.
Explore evidence-based strategies and approaches for creating continuity for families and children as they transition to kindergarten.
Explore this step-by-step guide with parents to help them support their children and engage in the kindergarten transition process. Find tips organized across a timeline.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Parent, Family and Community Engagement
Audience: Family Service Workers
Last Updated: September 1, 2023