Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process?

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process?

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 

Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Citations
Alabama Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Alaska Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Arizona Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Arkansas The Early Childhood Program standards include provisions for easing the transition into kindergarten, including individual needs assessments for each child and family engagement.
California School districts with early primary programs must provide educational continuity from preschool through K-3, including: establishing connections with preschool programs to ensure smooth transitions. Cal. Educ. Code § 8974
Colorado Preschool and kindergarten individualized school readiness plans are required as part of the preschool to postsecondary alignment effort. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1014
Connecticut Transition plans relating to oral language and pre-literacy proficiency for children between prekindergarten and kindergarten are required as part of the coordinated statewide reading plan for students in kindergarten to grade three. School Readiness program requirements include transition plan for participating children from the school readiness program to kindergarten, including the transfer of records from the program to kindergarten program. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-14v, Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-16q
Delaware Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
District of Columbia The Chancellor of the public schools is in charge of tracking and monitoring readiness progress in the early childhood populations and developing a plan for those who are not ready for entry and achievement. D.C. Code Ann. § 38-755.03
Florida Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Georgia Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Hawaii Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Idaho Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Illinois Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Indiana Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Iowa Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Kansas Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Kentucky Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Louisiana Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Maine Public preschool programs must have a process in place to provide transitions to kindergarten. Targeted funds are available to support the transition of children from preschool to public school programs, including family outreach. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 124, § 13
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 7,, § 2
Maryland Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Massachusetts The department of early education and care must develop a comprehensive system for measuring the performance and effectiveness of early education programs, which includes measuring a program's ability to provide an appropriate kindergarten transition plan for each student. Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 15D, § 12 
Michigan Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Minnesota A district or group of districts may establish a school readiness program for transitioning children to kindergarten. School readiness programs must assess cognitive and language skills, engage families and teachers, and prepare children for the transition to kindergarten by aligning services with the state early childhood guidelines and the kindergarten standards. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 124D.15 
Mississippi Transition plans for kindergarten along with parental involvement are part of the Mississippi Child Care Quality Step System. Code Miss. R. 18-7-3:100
Missouri Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Montana Professional educator preparation program standards for Early Childhood educators require that candidates create relationships with families through home visits, parent-teacher conferences and family nights in addition to providing transition planning into and out of early childhood programs, including kindergarten. Mont. Admin. R. 10.58.531
Nebraska School based prekindergarten programs are required to link the prekindergarten to the district’s kindergarten/primary program through a written transition plan. Districts must also include the prekindergarten program in the school improvement plan. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 11, 005
Nevada Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
New Hampshire Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
New Jersey District boards of education shall include transition programs in their preschool program plan.  N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:13A-6.1
New Mexico Early Childhood Care and Education Council is charged with considering a system of seamless transition from parental care to early childhood programs to kindergarten. Systems should include tracking students data. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 32A-23A-5
New York Schools operating a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program must have procedures to actively engage parents or guardians. Parent engagement should including procedures to support transitions from prekindergarten to kindergarten and from kindergarten to elementary school. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.3
North Carolina Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
North Dakota Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Ohio Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Oklahoma Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Oregon The Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program provides grants to form partnerships that assist children in becoming ready for kindergarten. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.101
Pennsylvania Pre-kindergarten providers must develop and implement a plan to ensure a smooth and supportive transitions for children entering kindergarten. 22 Pa. Code § 405.48
Rhode Island Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
South Carolina Schools are required to establish programs to assist children and their parents with the transition between the various levels of schooling. S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-267
South Dakota Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Tennessee In their application for funding, a pre-kindergarten program must include a plan to coordinate between voluntary pre-kindergarten classrooms and elementary schools within the LEA, with the goal of ensuring that elementary grade instruction builds upon pre-kindergarten classroom experiences. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-105
Texas Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Utah Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Vermont Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Virginia Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Washington Schools receiving support for full-day kindergarten must participate in kindergarten readiness activities with early learning providers and parents. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.150.315
West Virginia Each county's collaborative early childhood team must have a written plan for transitioning children into Pre-K and out of Pre-k into kindergarten. The plan must include: an opportunity for children and their family to visit the setting they are transitioning into, supply written information to parents or guardians on pre-k or kindergarten registration and what to expect, an opportunity for teachers from each system to meet annually to discuss how to facilitate successful transitions, a system to transfer student data, and policies to transition children with IEPs. W. Va. Code R. 126-28-10
Wisconsin Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Wyoming The Early Childhood Partnership Grant funds are intended to brings early childhood stakeholders together to provide for a seamless transition into a school setting. Wyo. Admin. Code § FAMS EC Ch. 1 s 9

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