Building Bridges into Kindergarten
The importance of enriching, supportive early childhood experiences is clear, yet far too many families do not have access to high-quality, affordable early education. The good news is that this is beginning to change through expanded investments and renewed focus at the local, state and national level. Even so, kids and families across the community often face a jarring transition as they work to learn the routines and expectations of elementary school.
As preschool access expands to more families, the time has never been better to figure out how early learning programs and elementary schools can align their practices and improve transitions.
- Change starts with relationships—the site-based work is in an early stage and meaningful relationships between the early learning and K–12 educators have taken root.
- Cross-pollination is underway between the demonstration sites. Key practices they identify together will inform systemic change across the county.
- Registering for kindergarten on time helps kids and families access resources and build early relationships with their school. Over the past four years the community has mobilized to drive up the countywide on-time kindergarten registration rate from 80% to 91%.
In the 2016-17 school year, All Hands Raised is working with preschool and K-12 educators at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PK-8 in partnership with Albina Head Start as well as with Davis Elementary School in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start to build bonds between themselves in order to build better bridges for families. Click here to learn more about our kindergarten transition partners.