The Kindergarten Transition
A toolkit for families, educators, and communities
The transition to kindergarten is a big, exciting time for the whole family. There is a lot to think about before kindergarten even begins! There are also many things you can do to help your children and your families get ready.
Think of “the kindergarten transition” as an ongoing process that begins months in advance of the first day of school (don’t wait until August!) and continues well into the kindergarten year. If you start preparing for kindergarten now, then when the first day of school comes along, your family will feel confident and ready to take on the school year.
This toolkit is meant to help develop systems and routines while keeping the focus on important relationships, so young children can have a positive experience in kindergarten and beyond
Families play an important role in supporting the transition to kindergarten. This toolkit is designed to help you find services, show you ways to support healthy development, and help you manage the process of the transition to kindergarten.
There are many ways educators can support families as those families navigate the transition into kindergarten. For kindergarten teachers and elementary school officials, this can include connecting with families before kindergarten starts.
In many communities, there are a variety of entities that are potentially involved in a family’s transition into kindergarten. Having a collaborative local effort among those providers can make it easier to provide support to families, and to create greater consistency in child experiences.
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Additional Resources for the Transition to Kindergarten
Young children learn from the environment around them, and through their relationships – with their families, with their peers, and with other adults in their lives. Children are exploring the world, and benefit from learning environments rich in social interactions.
Fostering a love of learning in the early years can create the foundation for lifelong curiosity. Children are most likely to thrive if the adults around them understand their abilities and interests, and give them the opportunity to engage in activities that support their development!
Children come into kindergarten with many different kinds of experiences, and every child experiences transitions differently. Check out this page of kindergarten readiness tips, tricks, and resources from early childhood experts