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ERIC Number: EJ1101322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-541X
Expanding Transition: Redefining School Readiness in Response to Toxic Stress
Sigler, Maureen Kay
Voices in Urban Education, n43 p37-45 2016
Early childhood interventions such as home visiting and kindergarten preparation programs can mitigate the effects of toxic stress and equip children with the skills and support needed for a successful transition into school. In this article, the author discusses her interaction with a student in her third-grade class who was not successfully prepared for school on multiple levels due to his family's need to focus on basic needs for survival instead of focusing on academic achievement. The author urges us to think more broadly about transition and take a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to school readiness, equipping children with both the academic skills and the basic needs that help children have a successful transition into school. The author, having directed Early Head Start (EHS) and Healthy Families America (HFA), discusses how both programs work with families to build a solid foundation for their children so that they are set up for success in school and life. A section includes findings on Olneyville's home-visiting programs from Brown University's Urban Policy Program.
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Rhode Island
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