This section includes resources for teachers and schools districts implementing transitional kindergarten programs. Resources include free curricula, teaching tips, social network for teachers, toolkits, and professional development plans for transitional kindergarten staff. Communication strategies are provided for school districts implementing transitional kindergarten programs.
California Kindergarten Association
The California Kindergarten Association believes that every effort must be made to foster the development of children by encouraging the best practices in teaching and learning. The site provides transitional kindergarten tools and assessments, curricula, teaching tips, and other resources.
Foundation for Early Learning
The Foundation of Early Learning's mission is find and foster opportunities for all children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The website provides a free social network dedicated to the world of early learning, booklets, and other resources to help prepare young children for kindergarten.
Enhancing the Transition to Kindergarten
This manual describes an approach to enhancing children’s transitions into kindergarten. This approach, developed as a collaborative effort among researchers at the National Center for Early Development & Learning Kindergarten Transition Project at the University of Virginia and local school personnel, focuses on forming a network of social connections that support children and families during the transition to school
Getting Children Ready for Kindergarten
Getting Children Ready for Kindergarten is a guide for teachers and caregivers of Preschool children that was developed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. The guide can be used as a curriculum resource that discusses: expressiveness and language comprehension, approach to cognition, print knowledge, mathematics, and the social, emotional and physical development.
Get Ready To Read!
Get Ready To Read provides a transitioning to kindergarten toolkit that helps to prepare teachers and parents the year before kindergarten. The toolkit includes a checklist of kindergarten readiness indicators, activity guides, preparation materials for parents, and other resources that will enhance children's transition to kindergarten.
Head Start is an office of the Administration and Families Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) that provides material on making smooth transitions from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. The site provides videos, teacher resources, and partnerships on early learning.
I'm Ready For Kindergarten
I'm Ready For Kindergarten is a parent/teacher hand book on how to prepare children for kindergarten that was created by First 5 Santa Clara County and the Partnership for School Readiness. The handbook includes a countdown to kindergarten calendar, provides building blocks for kindergarten readiness, and provides activities that help bolster skills to build student achievement.
Kindergarten Readiness "Ready? Set? Go!"
"Getting Ready for Kindergarten...Ready? Set? Go!" is a brochure developed by the Colorado State Library that provides information on what children ages four to five should know by the beginning of kindergarten. The brochure offers tips, ideas, and activities to prepare children to make the successful transition to kindergarten. It is available for free in both English and Spanish.
Kindergarten Transition Guide: Ensuring Success From The Start
Kindergarten Transition Guide: Ensuring Success From The Start was developed by Twin Rivers Unified School District to provide transition material for parents, Preschool and Kindergarten teachers, and other education providers. The guide also provides research and a selection of children's books about starting school.
‘Nuts and Bolts’ of Building a Transitional Kindergarten
The information in ‘Nuts and Bolts’ outlines the way in which teachers and administrators should approach the transitional kindergarten addition to the education system.
Recognition and Response
Recognition and Response supports new approaches on how early learning educators and parents can ensure academic success for children by offering comprehensive online resources. The site provides research and materials for the transition to kindergarten that are available in both English and Spanish.
The Ready Freddy program was created in collaboration with Pittsburg Public schools and community members in an effort to increase school readiness in low income urban communities. The Ready Freddy Program's success comes from the following elements: transition teams, kindergarten clubs, parent engagement, attendance, and welcoming schools.
Smart Start is a non-profit organization that is located in North Carolina that has created an award-winning early childhood initiative designed to guarantee that children are healthy and ready for academic success. The site provides material on the transition to kindergarten that includes: activity guides, skills and suggested books.
Supporting Teachers Guidelines for Administrators
As schools start new TK programs, these guidelines are useful for understanding and following important elements to initiate a professional development plan for transitional kindergarten staff: Prepare for Success, Give the Gift of Time, Form a Professional, Learning Community, Provide Teacher Training.
TK California is an online repertoire for easy to use resources for teachers and administrators for their transitional kindergarten classes. The site provides planning ideas for the curriculum, tips to prepare for the first day of school, and effective strategies that can be used throughout the school year.
Transitional Kindergarten Activities
Fran Kramer provides teachers with creative activities for transitional kindergarten classes thorough utilizing Pinterest and the power of re-pining.
Transitional Kindergarten FAQs
The California Department of Education hosts a website that answers thirty of the top questions pertaining to transitional kindergarten. Many of these questions discuss general topics concerning transitional education that address issues that range from eligibility to specific needs of English Language Learners (ELL) students.
Transitional Kindergarten Toolkit
The Transitional Kindergarten Toolkit is an informative guide that provides resources to school districts and other local education agencies on how to develop communication strategies for the implementation of transitional kindergarten. The toolkit provides talking points, parent engagement strategies, and a sample for a parent brochure.
Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators
Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators is a comprehensive resource for educators that includes tools and materials to help implement strategies to facilitate and enhance children’s transition to kindergarten.
Transition Kindergarten Curriculum
Pleasant Valley School District in Camarillo, California has put together a Transition Kindergarten Curriculum to support their current kindergarten curriculum. They designed it to incorporate the same themes the Kindergarten teachers are teaching in language arts from the Houghton Mifflin adoption so TK teachers would be included in kindergarten planning times.
Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum Month Guide
The guide provides a monthly guideline to activities to implement in the classroom.
Transitional Kindergarten Toolkit
The contents of this toolkit are intended to assist school districts and other LEAs in the development of their communication strategies for the implementation of transitional kindergarten. The information in this toolkit can be used to develop talking points for staff, plan parent engagement strategies and create a parent brochure.
TK California: A Project of Preschool California
The foundation of tools and resources to utilize for any teacher and classroom begins here and can be used to create and or navigate the structure of transitional kindergarten classrooms.
TK California: Webinar
TK California presents a Power Point Presentation outlining Standards to Practice, Creating a Working Plan. The webinar reviews the alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with the Kindergarten Common Core Standards, translating the alignment into developmentally appropriate practice for TK.
US Department of Education, Early Learning
The US Department of Education provides information on US objectives, policy, and grants pertaining to early learning. The site provides resources on federal and state funding so that organizations and schools can create effective pre-school and kindergarten programs.