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Clark, Patricia; Zygmunt-Fillwalk, Eva – Childhood Education, 2008
The kindergarten year symbolizes entrance into formal schooling and is a critical juncture for young children. Easing the transition into kindergarten to ensure the maximum success in that pivotal year merits much attention and careful planning. Since the National Education Goals Panel made public its readiness goals (1997), many states across the…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Transitional Programs, Institutional Cooperation
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Liu, Karen – Childhood Education, 2008
Everybody knows that children's exposure to learning opportunities prior to age 5 has a profound and lasting effect on their success in school and beyond. Each fall, millions of children enter kindergarten; some of those 5-year-old children have a preschool education experience and some of those children do not. To ensure a child's learning…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Young Children