Transition to kindergarten: Family experiences and involvement

Laura Lee McIntyre, Tanya L. Eckert, Barbara H. Fiese, Florence D. Digennaro, Leah K. Wildenger

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Abstract

The transition to kindergarten is an important developmental milestone for young children, their families, and teachers. Preparing students for successful kindergarten transition has been identified as a national priority, yet the degree to which parents are involved in kindergarten preparation is rarely considered. This study investigated the family experiences and involvement in kindergarten transition in 132 families whose children had completed early education programs and were beginning kindergarten. Results suggest that the majority of families wanted more involvement in the transition to kindergarten planning and wanted information about kindergarten readiness, including academic and behavioral expectations. The top concerns expressed by families were attending a new school and difficulties with following directions or other behavior problems. Families with fewer financial resources reported less involvement in transition activities than families with more resources. Implications for early childhood education are discussed, in light of the growing emphasis on parent involvement and kindergarten readiness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Family experiences
  • Parent involvement
  • School readiness
  • Transition to kindergarten

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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