Success In Kindergarten Can Be Bolstered With Strong Home-To-School
Ties, New Book Says
Nov. 23, 1999 -- Childrens successful
transition into kindergarten requires more than their merely adjusting
to school. The move works best when strong relationships linking
the children, families, school and community are established
preferably before kindergarten.
a central message in the newly published "The Transition to
Kindergarten," which includes recent studies by researchers
with the National Center for Early Development & Learning.
their long-term research, editors Robert C. Pianta and Martha J.
Cox say that successful transition needs to be seen in a broader
picture than just how well a child performs. They recommend viewing
successful transition as a long-term process that unites child,
family and the school.
one of the National Education Goals Panel states that by the
year 2000, all children will start school ready to learn.
Our work shows that reaching this goal depends, in part, on schools
ensuring smooth transitions between home and school and continuity
between child care and school experience," said Pianta, a professor
at the University of Virginia who is one of the co-directors of
a long-term national study examining the social, psychological and
academic needs of young children.
by Brookes Publishing Co. of Baltimore, the book offers a reexamination
of beliefs, policies and practices regarding kindergarten. It also
examines school change from three perspectives: the ecology of transitions
into and through kindergarten, the significance of transition in
the early grades, and outcomes for children from diverse families
book grew out of a national conference on kindergarten transitions
that brought together child development experts, policy makers,
parents, and teachers. It addresses such topics as assessing childrens
readiness for school, helping at-risk children, and the role of
kindergarten in promoting educational equity.
editors describe several trends that affect transition to school.
They include the increasing diversity of American children, the
proliferation of public school pre-kindergarten programs, and the
movement toward accountability.
book offers useful information on how to improve the early school
transition. Because these early-school experiences can affect a
childs later success, we consider this an important time to
focus on integrating the child, family and school in a common effort,"
said Cox, a research professor at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.
National Center for Early Development & Learning is a partnership
of UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of California at Los Angeles,
the University of Virginia, and the University of Arkansas at Little
more information, contact Robert Pianta at (804) 243-5483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martha Cox can be reached at (919) 966-3509 or email@example.com.
For a review copy of the book, call Brookes Publishing Co. at (410)
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857