Your Child is Going to Kindergarten: Family Guide (ECLKC)

Your child’s transition to kindergarten!

The transition to kindergarten is a big moment for children and caregivers alike! You may be feeling proud and excited, or sad and uncertain, about the changes that this transition will bring. Know that your experience and emotions are welcome and valid and that with a bit of preparation, your family can be ready for the first day!

Your Child is Going to Kindergarten

To help children and caregivers prepare for kindergarten, the Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) created a family resource entitled, “Your Child is Going to Kindergarten: Making the Move Together.”

What is included?

The resource includes recommended tasks for the months leading up to and the first week of kindergarten, including:

    • when to talk with your child’s current educator, ask about kindergarten transition activities, and learn more about the new school;
    • when to arrange a school visit with your child, what to do when you are there, what to bring with you, and what to ask;
    • how you can prepare and key things to consider during summer, the week before school, and the night before school;
    • and things you can do during the first week to make the transition easier.

This resource is available online and as a printable PDF.

Learn More

To view more kindergarten transitions strategies from ECLKC, visit the Head Start website. For additional tips, see our Kindergarten Transition Family Guide.


Series Navigation

The Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series highlights several early childhood topics to support parents and caregivers who are caring for young children. Use the list below to navigate through each series topic:

Learn more about the series.

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