Strategic Plan

Strategy 5.4

Support communities, educational environments, families, and children to ensure that each child entering kindergarten at age five is socially, emotionally, and academically prepared.

5.4.1   Provide information to families and technical assistance to school systems to increase the number of students who participate in the Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot (the Ages and Stages Questionnaires).
State agency led tactic.

5.4.2   Build community partnerships between elementary schools and early childhood care and education providers to ensure smooth transitions to Pre-K and kindergarten.
State agency led tactic.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

5.4.3   Inform families and community-based organizations about the importance of transitions, and help families develop transition plans to ensure they receive needed services during times of change, including but not limited to age-related transitions, changes in conditions, and/or geographic moves.
State agency led tactic.Local individual or small group champions.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

Progress Update

The Kindergarten Transitions Toolkit, developed by the Early Childhood Recommendations Panel on behalf of the Early Childhood Council/Children’s Cabinet, was completed in December 2020. The toolkit is available for download. The Kindergarten in Kansas booklets have been updated and are available in five languages. PDG Quality Subgrants for Kindergarten Readiness fund community partnerships to support the successful transition of children from early childhood settings into kindergarten. The Kansas Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot initiative continues to support the administration of the ASQ developmental milestone screening tool. The Bridges Pilot has expanded care coordination for families with children transitioning from Part B to Part C by partnering with Infant Toddlers Services.