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When educators from early learning settings and schools actively engage families in their child’s transition, children benefit.

To help educators engage families during the transition, Harvard Family Research Project’s Christine Patton, in partnership with Shannon Wanless, of the SEED Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, launched an online discussion board, Let's Talk Transition! Family Engagement During the Transition to School. Join Christine and Shannon as they guide you through nine steps toward setting goals for engaging families during the transition to school.

Walk through the nine steps each time you set a new goal. As you go through this process, keep track of your questions and experiences. Share your experiences with and pose your questions to other board users, whose roles include kindergarten transition coordinators, early childhood education coordinators, preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, pre-K specialists, school counselors, and curriculum supervisors.  And, use the board to learn from their experiences and answer their questions related to:

  • making more and deeper connections among the key players in the transition
  • helping transition children and families who arrive at the school well into the kindergarten year
  • developing policies and processes at the district level to seamlessly transition children and families
  • creating new transition programs. 

Participate today!  And, join the conversation on social media by using #LetsTalkTransition and by following @HFRP on Twitter or Harvard Family Research Project on Facebook.


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