ERIC Number: ED405978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Continuity for Young Children: Positive Transitions to Elementary School.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Recognizing that children who experience continuity as they enter formal education are more likely to sustain their earlier gains than children who do not experience continuity, this document provides guidelines for preschool, Head Start, and elementary teachers and administrators on transition procedures. An executive summary begins the document. Part 1, "The Importance of Successful Transitions," lists questions that new kindergartners and their parents, Head Start or preschool teachers, and kindergarten teachers might have about transition; defines transition; examines the role of transition in current educational programs; and discusses the benefits of positive transitions for children, parents, and teachers. Part 2, "Planning Successful Transition Programs and Activities," discusses the components of successful transition programs, examines potential barriers, and considers the effects of positive transitions on early literacy. Part 3, "Examples of Successful Transition Activities and Planned Programs," lists child, parent, teacher, and community activities that support positive transitions and describes 22 California transition programs. Part 4, "Research and Resources," provides an annotated bibliography of 45 research reports and publications. Two appendices list books for preschoolers about starting school and provide suggestions for parents whose children are entering kindergarten. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Developmental Continuity, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, School Readiness, Transitional Programs
Bureau of Publications, Sales Unit, California Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95812-0271; phone: 916-445-1260; fax: 916-323-0823 ($7.50, plus shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California