Transition to Kindergarten

Preschool children make the transition into kindergarten more successfully when their schools and families prepare it together, and when their preschool and kindergarten teachers connect. Also, by coordinating transition efforts, preschool and elementary programs can help children maintain and maximize the gains they made in preschool. Watch this video and use the materials below to plan and carry out a successful transition for all your preschool children to kindergarten.


Transitions: From the Children's Perspective

Find out what transition to kindergarten looks like through the eyes of a child. Learn more about the activities that become important for children during each part of the school day—transportation to and from school, transitions within the school building, and the need to follow school routines and procedures. Hear about the new expectations children experience in kindergarten that may differ from those in Head Start. 

Organize Your Own Kindergarten Summit

Head Start personnel can use this set of materials to organize and carry out their own Transition to Kindergarten Summit. A guide and planning resources are included, as well as participant handouts and a PowerPoint presentation for use during the event.

Get Ready for Kindergarten! Activity Calendars

Download this wonderful calendar for teachers and families:

Additional Resources

Last Updated: March 11, 2019