Family Engagement and Transition to Kindergarten

Two teachers reading to childrenThe 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.