Kindergarten Readiness
Summit 2020

Kindergarten Readiness / Transitions Virtual Summit

A virtual summit was held on Friday, November 13, 2020 for community teams to come together around issues of transitions and Kindergarten readiness. The resources below and webinar recordings will be helpful for those planning for transitions.

On December 4, 2020, the Children’s Cabinet approved this MOU Toolkit for Kindergarten Readiness developed by the Early Childhood Recommendations Panel. 



New America Moving into Kindergarten

New America Funding Sources


Wednesday, September 23, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Opening Speaker – Melissa Rooker, Executive Director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund

Showcase – New York Head Start School Readiness Plan, Colleen Mayne-Butler from Community Action Head Start and PreK

Examples – From New America presented by Mary Baskett

Part C Bridges Project – Kansas Department of Health and Environment (Kayzy Bigler, Kathy Keck, FAC Parent and Brooklyn Klassen, Head Start Parent)

Final Summit Reminders – Peggy Kelly, Kansas Head Start Association

Wednesday, September 9, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Opening Keynote – Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Director of the Office of Head Start

Panel Showcase – Garden City, KS (Mary Martha Good, KCSL Head Start Director; Dr. Steve Karlin, Garden City Schools Superintendent; and Lona DuVall, Finney County Economic  development Council Director)

Star Quality Enhancement Information – Amanda Petersen, Early Childhood Director for Kansas State Department of Education

How to attend 11/13 Summit – Peggy Kelly, Executive Director of Kansas Head Start Association

Parents and their kids standing in night field observing dark sky with many bright stars.