Transition to Kindergarten

A Successful Kindergarten Transition for Children with Disabilities: Collaboration Throughout the Process
This article highlights specific practices and strategies that can enhance collaboration throughout the transition to kindergarten. Fictional vignettes are used to describe the perspectives of and the practices and strategies used by members of an education team as they support a child with a disability and the caregiver.
Authors: Michelle Sands and Hedda Meadan
Publication Date: July 2021
Publisher: Early Childhood Education Journal

Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library
A wide variety of assistive technology devices, equipment, software, and professional development materials are available free of charge to Arizona school personnel.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Leadership Practices for Successful Transitions to Kindergarten
This document outlines the four connections that are key to the transition to kindergarten and describes research-based practices and activity examples that leaders can implement for successful kindergarten transitions.
Publication Date: Summer 2019
Publisher: National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

Raising Special Kids Help and Hope for Families
Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information, and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.
Publication Date: 2022
Publisher: Raising Special

Transition from Preschool Special Education to Kindergarten
Personnel from early care and education programs, preschool special education, family resource and support programs, and elementary schools need to plan and coordinate transition activities for families before and after a child’s entry into kindergarten. Collaborative planning, clear communication, and a variety of transition activities support child and family preparation for an adjustment to the new setting.
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

Transition from Preschool Special Education to Kindergarten Checklist
This checklist includes practices to support preschoolers and their caregivers transition from preschool or preschool special education to kindergarten. The focus of these practices is to implement activities in collaboration with family members and practitioners from the receiving kindergarten program in order to promote positive relationships and child and family preparation and adjustment to new settings and services.
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

Transition to Kindergarten Collaborations, Connections, and Six Steps to Success
This document outlines a step-by-step approach to build, implement, and evaluate a kindergarten transition plan, and includes sections on the importance of kindergarten transition, forming a transition team, and fostering four types of connections; six steps to transition planning; successful stories of kindergarten transition; and resources.
Publication Date: 2020
Publisher: National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

Transition to Kindergarten Resource Guide
The transition to kindergarten resources listed in this guide include all the resources available on the ECLKC Transition to Kindergarten webpage. These resources can support your collaboration efforts between Head Start and receiving elementary school stakeholders and guide the implementation of evidence-based transition practices.
Publication Date: Spring 2020
Publisher: National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators
School administrators, early childhood professionals, child care providers and kindergarten teachers will find practical and easy-to-use tools, materials to pass along to parents, and resources and guides to steer through the process. Everything in the toolkit can be used or a few pieces that will be most helpful for a given situation.
Publishers: American Federation of Teachers and National Center for Learning Disabilities