Supporting transitions to kindergarten and developmentally appropriate practices that focus on social and emotional development and well-being for our youngest learners.
A transformative Kindergarten experience can be a powerful lever for equity. Social and emotional development and well-being in early education experiences are essential to creating the conditions in which young children become successful lifelong learners.
The Transforming Kindergarten Multi-State Collaborative was a year-long experience for state education leaders designed to support their work to ensure young children experience equitable and developmentally appropriate conditions for learning. Learn more about the Collaborative by viewing a webinar recording that highlights participants’ insights and lessons learned from taking action to support young learners.
The resources below represent key resources that the Collaborative drew upon to learn about and address key issues of developmentally appropriate practices in kindergarten, equitable transitions to kindergarten, and standards and policy guidance for states working to improve their support for kindergarten students, teachers, families, and administrators.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Equitable Transitions to Kindergarten
Understanding Cross-Systems Transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten: A Review of the Knowledge Base and a Theory of Change
A Toolkit for Effective and Supportive Transitions for Children, Families, and Educators in Fall 2021 and Beyond
Transitions and Alignment from Preschool to Kindergarten
Kindergarten Tool Kit