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ERIC Number: ED640032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Sep
Pages: 224
Abstractor: ERIC
Understanding Cross-System Transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten: A Comparative Cross Case Study of Head Start and K-12 Partnerships. OPRE Report 2023-247
Molly F. Gordon; Carol Hafford; Mitchell R. Barrows; Stacy B. Ehrlich Loewe; Kyle DeMeo Cook; Melissa Gutwein; Cristina Carrazza; Rachel C. Feldman; Tamara G. Halle; Kristie Kauerz
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
The Understanding Children's Transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten (HS2K) Project was a multi-year project funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. The purpose of this project was to better understand how to improve children's transitions from Head Start programs to elementary schools. The transition to kindergarten occurs within and between two distinct systems (early care and education [ECE] and K-12 education) that each work under their own governance structures, philosophies, and accountability metrics. Specifically, this project aimed to explore the definition of "successful transitions" from a multi-level and systemic perspective. Within the context of this project, the focus is on one type of ECE program--Head Start. Head Start is embedded within a broader "ECE system" that includes many other types of programs, including state-funded pre-k, child care, home-based care, friend and family care, and privately-funded centers. This report details findings from one component of the HS2K Project -- a comparative multi-case study of five Head Start and Local Education Agency (LEA) partnerships, including their families, Head Start teachers and leaders, kindergarten teachers, elementary school leaders, LEA leaders, and community partners. The case-specific descriptions should be read as in-depth illustrations of the inner workings of kindergarten transition processes as they existed and were implemented in context at the time of data collection.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Administration for Children & Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE); NORC at the University of Chicago; Child Trends; University of Colorado Denver, National P-3 Center
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Head Start
Grant or Contract Numbers: HHSP233201500048I