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ERIC Number: ED455941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
An Approach To Enhance Kindergarten Transition. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 17.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.; Cuyahoga County Dept. of Entitlement and Employment Services, OH.
The Kindergarten Transition Project at the National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL) has developed a school-based approach designed to enhance connections among children, families, teachers, and peers during the transition to kindergarten. This report excerpts from a paper describing this approach to ease transition. The paper describes how the program was developed and delineates program activities for strengthening family-school connections, child-school connections, peer connections, and program connections. Suggestions for family-school connections include organizing an informal dinner with parents and kindergarten teachers in conjunction with school open houses or back-to-school nights. Suggestions for child-school connections include providing opportunities for children to interact directly with their anticipated kindergarten teachers. Suggestions for peer connections include identifying a current kindergartner to serve as a "buddy" to a preschooler. One suggestion for enhancing program connections is to arrange discussions between preschool and kindergarten personnel about classroom practices and specific needs of individual children. (KB)
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB#8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0867; Web site: http://www.ncedl.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.; Cuyahoga County Dept. of Entitlement and Employment Services, OH.
Note: Excerpts from "Enhancing the Transition to Kindergarten: Connecting Families and Schools" by Marcia Kraft-Sayre and Robert Pianta.