ERIC Number: EJ769679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Transition to Kindergarten: Family Experiences and Involvement
McIntyre, Laura Lee; Eckert, Tanya L.; Fiese, Barbara H.; DiGennaro, Florence D.; Wildenger, Leah K.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n1 p83-88 Aug 2007
The transition to kindergarten is an important developmental milestone for young children, their families, and teachers. Preparing students for successful kindergarten transition has been identified as a national priority, yet the degree to which parents are involved in kindergarten preparation is rarely considered. This study investigated the family experiences and involvement in kindergarten transition in 132 families whose children had completed early education programs and were beginning kindergarten. Results suggest that the majority of families wanted more involvement in the transition to kindergarten planning and wanted information about kindergarten readiness, including academic and behavioral expectations. The top concerns expressed by families were attending a new school and difficulties with following directions or other behavior problems. Families with fewer financial resources reported less involvement in transition activities than families with more resources. Implications for early childhood education are discussed, in light of the growing emphasis on parent involvement and kindergarten readiness.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Behavior Problems, Young Children, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Kindergarten, Transitional Programs, Family Involvement, School Readiness, Academic Achievement, Expectation, Student Behavior, Socioeconomic Influences, Family Income
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
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