Department of Early Childhood Programs


Transition to Kindergarten

Program Description

Over the past twenty years, educational, business, and governmental entities have been emphasizing the importance of "readiness to start school" through the enactment of State and National legislation. Research suggests that poor transitions from home tend to slow normal rates. These findings tell us that children's brains "shut down" when children are under high levels of stress or anxiety. In communities such as ours, which are represented by many diverse cultures and languages, stress and anxiety experienced by a five year old entering school from childcare programs and from homes can be overwhelming.

Transition to Kindergarten Parent/Child Workshop sessions were developed as a result of research that concludes that one of the highest priorities of education is to prepare children to enter school ready to learn. It is the mission of the Transition Initiative to empower parents to raise the readiness level of their children so that the first experiences in school will build a lifelong love for learning.

Transition Initiative Goals
Children will enter kindergarten with higher levels of comfort/lower levels of stress.
Parents will establish lines of communication with their children's teachers before school begins. This communication will carry over to new teachers as the child progresses through school.
The perception of school and learning by the community will improve.
The frequency of dropouts will decline.
The achievement differential between students from middle income families and those from low income families will move upwards toward convergence.
Schools will initiate efforts to facilitate transitions into school and between grade levels.
Support Program Information
Kindergarten Professional Development
  Professional Development Opportunities are offered to kindergarten personnel who wish to gain new insight and ideas regarding kindergarten students and their developmental needs.

Find Your Neighborhood School
Miami-Dade County Feeder Pattern List for Early Learning Programs
Feeder Pattern List
College Bound
College Bound is a free online program that offers simple ways to help your child do well in school. For more information or assistance, please contact The Parent Academy at 305 995-2680 or email
Transition to Kindergarten Summer Tool Kit
A Transition to Kindergarten Parent Summer Tool Kit has been developed to support parents as they work with their rising kindergartener to reinforce early learning skills during the summer. Turn everyday moments into learning experiences and use our summer tool kit to learn how you can keep your child learning this summer.



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