Transition to Kindergarten Initiative

2016-2017 Transition to Kindergarten Mini Grants are now available! We would like to thank the Moore County Community Foundation for generously providing us with these grant funds. Click here for more information and to download application materials.


From a child’s point of view, going to kindergarten is a very big deal. It’s like starting a new job. They have received that long-awaited promotion, but that means going to a new building, with a new boss, with new co-workers, with a new transportation plan, with harder work, and with higher expectations. There are times before starting kindergarten when young children will feel alone and uncertain. That is when children need caring adults in their lives to help make this big move from their early childhood environment to their new elementary school as smooth as possible. Remember to:

  • Build confidence and excitement about kindergarten. If you are stressed and anxious about the upcoming transition, it is likely your child will feel the same.

  • Know where to go for information. The recommended resources below will get you started.

  • Build learning moments in to everyday moments. We highly recommend downloading Daily Vroom on your smart phone for daily doses of "brain builders" for your preschooler.

  • Build connections. Get to know your child's school. Help your child know what to expect by taking him to see his new school and meet his new teachers.

Recommended Resources

The resources below will provide you with inspiration on ways to develop a child’s love of learning and help him or her get ready for kindergarten.

For Families

For Early Educators

Other Resources

We also recommend exploring the websites below for more information:

About the Initiative

The Transition to Kindergarten Initiative brings together a collaborative group of local early childhood professionals, school leaders, and community members working together to ensure all children and families in Moore County experience a smooth transition into kindergarten. Priorities include:

  • Identify needs and perceptions of local families on kindergarten transition and school readiness

  • Identify best practices related to entry and promotion of children

  • Develop policies and practicies that promote communication between early care environments and schools

  • Design community-wide kindergarten registration practices that are aligned and cohesive

  • Expand and implement transition to kindergarten plans

  • Build awareness of early childhood development and alignment with kindergarten curriculum

Special thanks to the following community leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to this project:

  • Amy Chavis, Director at Sonshine Christian Preschool

  • Brooke Wilson, Kindergarten Teacher at Pinehurst Elementary School

  • Danielle Harner, Preschool Teacher and Assistant Director at Shining Stars Child Development Center

  • Karina Cameron, Kindergarten Teacher at Vass-Lakeview Elementary School

  • Lizzie Garner, Preschool Specialist at Moore County Schools

Interested in joining our workgroup? Contact Brittney at (910) 949-4045 or email