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Volume VII, Issue 1, March 19, 2015
Do you know someone who was born in 2010?
If so, kindergarten is around the corner. Later this summer, as it comes to pass every year, millions of children will crowd around doors at their local elementary schools—many smiling, some crying—ready to begin their first day of kindergarten. Although the first day of kindergarten is still a few months off, the time to start thinking about transition is now.
We dedicate this issue of the FINE Newsletter to the transition to school. We do this because a smooth transition to school makes a difference for student outcomes, and also because it is a matter of equity. Research shows that children from homes with increased social and economic risk benefit the most from transition activities; yet these are the children least likely to receive them. We seek to not only explore the evidence-base supporting the importance of the transition to school, but also, to profile programs in high-risk districts that are working to address inequalities.
In this issue we:
We thank you for reading, as always, and invite you to pass this issue on to interested friends and colleagues. We also hope you’ll send us any comments that you might have!
Four Important Things Research Tells Us About the Transition to School
Voices From the Field
|Building Bridges to Success
In 2010, Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Center for Early Learning started a bold and innovative initiative designed to ensure success by third grade for all children in San Mateo County, California. It focuses on ready children, ready families, ready schools, and ready communities.
|Engaging Families in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Project-Based Learning
To be successful, children need a strong science, technology, engineering, and math foundation. Learn how Iridescent, a project funded in part by the National Science Foundation, connects families, engineers, and children to develop these skills early on in school.
Q & A With Comienza en Casa: Using Technology to Smooth the Transition to School for Migrant Children and Families
What’s New for Parent U? Web Conference Recording
Family Involvement News
Family Involvement News: March 2015