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Effective Components of Successful Early Learning-to-Kindergarten Transitions

Going from preschool or other early learning settings into kindergarten is a milestone event for more than 3.5 million children and their families each year. Research shows that children who are academically, socially, and emotionally prepared to enter kindergarten are more likely to do better in school and in life.

In this video (from a webinar held October 14, 2016), Dr. Shannon Riley-Ayers of the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) presents three components that support a child’s successful transition to school: leadership, effective instruction, and family and community engagement.

Also presenting are Principal Ericka Guynes and Superintendent Andy Boe, school leaders involved in urban and rural demonstration sites of the Early Works program of the Children’s Institute in Oregon. Guynes focuses on successful family engagement and school readiness efforts, and Boe addresses how his school has increased the readiness of entering kindergartners.

The webinar will be useful to early education and elementary school leads and staff in:

  • State education agencies, particularly those that are developing their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated plans and/or considering statewide kindergarten transition efforts
  • Local education agencies, including those that are thinking about how to develop and/or implement a kindergarten transition plan
  • Individual schools, particularly those that are currently implementing kindergarten transition efforts