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.
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.
Call Partners for Children & Families to get a set of our Getting Ready for Kindergarten Preschool Flash Cards.
Review this Transition to Kindergarten Contact List for information on getting ready for kindergarten in Moore County.
Visit www.joinvroom.org and download the Daily Vroom app.
Ready Freddy Interactive Book: This is a great way to start talking about what going to kindergarten means for your child.
Ideas to Grow On: Take a look at eight strategies for helping your child get ready for kindergarten at home.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten: What Families Can Do: Ever wondered what you could do at home to help your child get ready for kindergarten? This resource is for you!
The ABC’s of My Child: Fill this out with your child. Share the information with your child’s new kindergarten teacher at the beginning of the year.
For Early Educators
Making the Move to Kindergarten: A Guide for PreK and Kindergarten Teachers: Comprehensive newsletter developed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Transition to Kindergarten Toolkit: This toolkit includes practical and easy-to-use materials for administrators, pre-k teachers, child care providers, kindergarten teachers, and parents to help enhance children's transition to kindergarten.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.