Early Care & Education Council
Getting ready to go to kindergarten can be an exciting time for families and can also bring anxiety as they prepare for the changes that come with transitioning to school.
Research suggests that early school success can be improved when communities come together to design a plan to help families transition into kindergarten. Partnerships with preschools programs and elementary schools to align their curriculum’s and build supports for children can help for a successful transition. Children benefit by creating opportunities for families to become familiar with the routines, places, and people they will encounter in kindergarten and well in advance of the first day of school.
In 2007, the Butler County Early Care & Education Council, a collaboration of individuals and organizations working to improve early learning opportunities for children in Butler County, developed a county-wide transition project called “Step Up to Success” which serves as a model for supporting transitions and encourages schools to build local teams that meet the unique needs of their community.
The “Step Up to Success” team consists of representatives from each of the seven Butler County School Districts, private schools, early education programs, families and other concerned members of the community.
For additional information about how you can become involved in the Butler County Early Care & Education Council’s “Step Up to Success” project, contact the Coordinator of the Butler County Early Care & Education Council at (724) 283-1010 x310
Resources to support positive transitions to kindergarten
- Helping Your Child Have a Successful Start in Kindergarten
- Prepare Your Child for School Success: Listening Skills and Independence are the Key
- Preparing Preschoolers for School Success: Teaching Listening Skills and Independence in the Classroom
- Questions and Concerns A Child Might Have About Kindergarten
- 80 Skills That Help Ease Kids Transition into Kindergarten