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Connecting the steps: State strategies to ease the transition from pre-k to kindergarten

Resource Type: Other
Author(s): Loewenberg, Aaron;
Date Issued: July, 2017
Publisher(s): New America Foundation
Description: While the planning of a stable, well-connected transition between early education and kindergarten falls largely within the purview of individual schools and districts, states can actively encourage intentional, local efforts to smooth transitions to kindergarten. This brief will analyze actions taken by four states to improve the transition process: West Virginia, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. These states came to our attention as we reviewed research on the transition to kindergarten and spoke to experts in the field. Each state has taken actions to address the difficulties that often arise in the transition to kindergarten. In this paper, we describe the steps each state has taken and discuss the opportunities and challenges with their various approaches. We conclude by identifying key takeaways for other states and offer four recommendations for sound policy around this question of transition. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): Alliance for Early Success
Source: Washington, DC: New America Foundation. Retrieved from
Topics: Parent, School, & Community School Readiness/Child School Success & Performance > Transition To School
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