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 2-3 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 school readiness materials and activities.
Each spring, the TTK Initiative presents Durham’s Kindergarten Registration events. (Kindergarten Here I Come, Blast Off to Kindergarten, and Popsicles on the Playground) During the spring and summer, we deploy volunteers community-wide to distribute kindergarten registration packets to families at local businesses, child care centers, schools, and partner agencies. Throughout all our events we had more than 780 people attend and receive the resources needed for a smooth transition.
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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.