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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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This bibliographic resource provides a selected listing of journal articles, research briefs, and reports that focus on early childhood transitions and school readiness. They cover a variety of topics central to the issue of early childhood transitions, including family engagement and home–school and program–school partnerships.

Because the Head Start program is one of the most frequently studied early childhood initiatives, many of the resources focus on the transition from Head Start to preschool/kindergarten. The resources in this guide are organized into sections by topic, as follows:

  • Family Engagement and Transitions: Head Start
  • Family Engagement and Transitions: Early Childhood Programs other than Head Start
  • Head Start–School Partnerships and Transitions
  • Home–School Partnerships and Transitions
  • General School Readiness

Please note that these resources have not been reviewed. Harvard Family Research Project is committed to providing information on a range of research in the area of family engagement and early childhood, and we developed this resource as an aide to help your own research in early childhood transitions. Inclusion in this bibliography does not equate with endorsement of the reports and/or articles. Links are provided to resources which are publicly available on the Web, and DOI numbers are provided for those journal articles which may be available electronically for a fee.

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