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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Brotherson Sean E., Saxena Divya, Lammers Shea, Bushaw Kimberly, September, 2020
Reports & Papers
Collaboration among the State of North Dakota, NDSU Extension and the North Dakota Parent Education Network made this project and study possible. The goal of this project, which was undertaken to fulfill objectives associated with the Preschool…
Kuhfeld Megan, Soland James, Pitts Christine, Burchinal Margaret, August/September 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Students' level of academic skills at school entry are a strong predictor of later academic success, and focusing on improving these skills during the preschool years has been a priority during the past 10 years. Evidence from two prior nationally…
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…
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.…
Sheridan Susan M., Koziol Natalie A., Witte Amanda L., Iruka Iheoma U., Knoche Lisa, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The transition to kindergarten is foundational for children's future school performance and families' relationships with the educational system. Despite its well-documented benefits, few studies have explored family engagement across the pre-…

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.…
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…
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…

Jarrett Robin L., Coba-Rodriguez Sarai, Oct-Dec 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Researchers are increasingly focusing on the home-based parental involvement experiences of low-income, African American families with young children. These studies document the positive ways that parental involvement can promote the school…