The transition to kindergarten is one of the most significant events in a young child’s life. It sets the tone for his or her entire educational experience and lays the foundation for future success in school. A smooth transition to kindergarten is a shared responsibility among many individuals and institutions, and the Transition to Kindergarten (TTK) Initiative, a collaboration between Durham Public Schools and Durham’s Partnership for Children, builds connections that prepare parents, children, and schools for a successful transition to kindergarten. It is our goal that all children in Durham will enter kindergarten feeling excited, ready to learn, and supported by their schools, families and community!
Meet Ready Eddy, the Transition to Kindergarten mascot! This little bull represents our desire that all Durham’s children enter kindergarten with enthusiasm, curiosity and confidence in their own capabilities. Entering Kindergarten is one of the most important educational steps in a child’s life. Our goal is to provide helpful information on how you can encourage readiness for school, prepare your family, communicate effectively with teachers, and promote a positive attitude in your child as he adapts to a new place, friends and adults suddenly in his life – just like Ready Eddy!
Transition Teams have been created in 8 elementary schools: C.C. Spaulding, Eastway Elementary, Eno Valley Elementary, E.K. Powe Elementary, Forest View Elementary, Glenn Elementary, Lakewood Elementary and Y.E. Smith Elementary. The transition teams are comprised of teachers, parents and school administrators, all with the common goal of wanting to make kindergarten an exciting and welcoming place for new students and families in their community.
Each team plans a series of 3-4 transition events for rising kindergartners at that specific school. These events give children and families an opportunity to meet the school staff, tour the school, receive resources, participate in teacher-led kindergarten activities, and meet future classmates. They will also receive other resources, including information about how to register for kindergarten and a Blast Off to Kindergarten Kit full of school readiness materials and activities.
Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits are a key component of the Transition to Kindergarten Initiative. The Kits provide school readiness materials designed to prepare children and families for the transition from home to kindergarten, and each one contains items that promote early literacy, enhance emotional and fine motor development, and prompt creativity. We will distribute nearly 2,0000 Kits to rising kindergartners this year, all of which will be assembled by volunteers.
Each spring, the TTK Initiative presents Durham’s Kindergarten Registration Week. Throughout this week, we deploy volunteers community-wide to distribute kindergarten registration packets to families at local businesses, child care centers, schools, and partner agencies. During the 2nd Annual Kindergarten Registration Week in 2016, more than 2,600 packets were distributed to rising kindergartners, and more than 600 people attended the culminating Kindergarten Registration Celebration.
The TTK Initiative is sponsored in part by the Morgan Creek Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Community Care Fund of the Doing Good in the Neighborhood Campaign, coordinated by Duke University’s Office of Durham & Regional Affairs. For more information about the TTK Initiative, please contact Brittany Gregory, Durham’s Partnership for Children: 919-403-6960 ext. 224, firstname.lastname@example.org.