Kindergarten Transition

The transition to kindergarten marks a critical point in the lives of children and families. Students who are ready for kindergarten and attend the first day of school are more likely to read on grade-level by third grade, regularly attend school, make friends, and are less likely to drop out of high school. Early and on-time registration allows schools and districts to plan for classroom materials, resources, and staff as they prepare to welcome a new group of students. It also enables families to establish relationships with teachers and administrators that are so important for easing the stress and anxiety of children (and their families) as they begin elementary school.

Hi5! Partnership

Hi5! Kindergarten transition efforts are led in partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 (AIU3), Trying Together, and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania (who generously fund the project). We have a leadership team that consists of community and state partners, principals, Head Start administrators, and early learning program directors. The Hi5! Partnership focuses on engaging all 43 public school districts in Allegheny County and supports each district to:

    • develop and implement their own kindergarten transition plans;
    • build awareness with families that when “your child reaches five years of age, it’s time to register” them for kindergarten;
    • network and share best practices between pre-k teachers, kindergarten teachers, early childhood program directors, and school administrators; and
    • gather community resources throughout the county.

These efforts align with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal law passed in 2015 which required states to have a plan that includes thinking about the transition to kindergarten and how districts connect with early learning programs.

10th Anniversary

In 2020, the Hi5! Partnership celebrated its 10th anniversary. This milestone was recognized with a weeklong virtual celebration from May 11–15, 2020. To celebrate, partnership members, school districts, and advocates used the hashtags #ProjectHi5, #Hi5Transition, and #CelebrateHi5 on social media to recognize the progress we have made with local districts to support the healthy development and learning of young children as they transition from pre-k to kindergarten.

To learn more, search for the hashtags listed above on Facebook and Twitter or visit the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 website.

Celebration Materials

Resources

More Information

For more information about the project, transition teams, and activities, please email hi5@tryingtogether.org.

 


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