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Jiang Hui, Justice Laura M., Purtell Kelly M., Lin Tzu-Jung, Logan Jessica A. R., Q2 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The transition to formal schooling is a large contextual change, which for many children in U.S. begins with the year of kindergarten. To better understand the challenges of this transition, the present study examines the extent to which children…
Sengal Amena, McCormick Meghan P., Castleman-Smith Jalynn, March, 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This brief summarizes recent findings that show how a lack of access to high-quality summer learning programs may contribute to disparities in children’s learning and development during that critical transition to kindergarten. The brief highlights…
Cook Kyle Demeo, Coley Rebekah Levine, May, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Head Start programs engage in multiple practices to support children and families during the transition to kindergarten. Children moving from Head Start to kindergarten often encounter discontinuities between the program and services they were…
Dore Rebecca A., Justice Laura M., Mills Abigail K., Narui Mitsu, Welch Kari, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The global COVID-19 pandemic prevented the implementation of in-person summer learning programs designed to improve school readiness for entering kindergartners. Thus, we conducted the current study examining the feasibility, social validity, and…
Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, April 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

This fact sheet highlights promising practices and research-informed strategies that districts and schools, with support from states, can use to successfully and equitably transition young learners to the next school year. It covers strategies…

McCarthy Lauren P., Morrison Howard, May 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

In March 2020, after 23 renewal grants had been awarded, the country began responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Public health guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 required states to adapt their intended renewal grant activities,…

Vitiello Virginia E., Pianta Robert C., Whittaker Jessica E. Vick, Ruzek Erik A., Q3 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Areas of misalignment between children's experiences in preschool and kindergarten are increasingly viewed as contributing to the fade-out of preschool effects. The current study examined alignment and misalignment of classroom experiences across…
Purtell Kelly M., Valauri Anne, Rhoad-Drogalis Anna, Jiang Hui, Justice Laura M., Lin Tzu-Jung, Logan Jessica A. R., Q3 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The entry into kindergarten is a key transition children experience and has lasting consequences for their academic development. In light of this, many schools have implemented transition practices designed to foster positive development for…
Puccioni Jaime, Froiland John Mark, Moeyaert Mariola, February, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Preschool teachers can help support families and children successfully transition to kindergarten by utilizing transition practices that support parental involvement and create smooth linkages between early care settings and formal schooling.…
Greenburg Jordan E., Hines Caitlin, Winsler Adam, December, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Public school pre-k programs are not only effective in promoting children’s school readiness but are also potentially useful for easing the transition from pre-k to kindergarten. One possible reason for this ease of transition is eliminating the…
Iruka Iheoma U., Lucas Melissa, Gillanders Cristina, Adejumo Tobiloba O., July, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Guided by the sociocultural theory of human development, this study aims to mediate the monolithic categorization of young Latino boys' school readiness transition patterns using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) dataset.…
Vitiello Virginia E., Basuel Nica Kyra N., White Emily S., Whittaker Jessica E. Vick, Ruzek Erik A., Pianta Robert C., Winter 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The present study aimed to identify commonalities and points of divergence in the ways that parents, teachers, and administrators characterize children’s transition from public pre-K into kindergarten within a large, diverse school district. A wide…
Vitiello Virginia E., Winter 2020
Executive Summary
Peer Reviewed
This study documented perspectives from parents, teachers and administrators involved in children’s transitions from public pre-K into kindergarten within a large, diverse county. The purpose was to better understand how these stakeholders…
McCarthy Lauren P., 2020
Reports & Papers

This report presents states’ planned activities to support smooth transitions from early childhood care and education settings into kindergarten and the early grades. Data was gathered from PDG B-5 renewal applications funded in 2019. Additional…

McCormick Meghan P., Pralica Mirjana, Guerrero-Rosada Paola, Weiland Christina, Hsueh JoAnn, Condliffe Barbara, Sachs Jason, Snow Catherine, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study examines growth in language and math skills during the summer before kindergarten; considers variation by family income, race/ethnicity, and dual language learner status; and tests whether summer center-based care sustains preschool gains…