Posted on 12.18.2018, Tuesday
Transition To Kindergarten
Isn’t it hard to believe that children are half way done with this school year? As kids enjoy their winter break, we reflect upon the start of the year. August was filled with so many wonderful smiling faces as children took their first big strides into Kindergarten. Throughout the last spring and summer, over 780 people attended and were served during a series of events, each held at multiple elementary schools across the district: Kindergarten Here I Come, Blast Off to Kindergarten, and Popsicles on the Playground. During these events families and children of Durham took school tours, met teachers and principals, and received valuable resources. The Partnership also collaborated with Communities In Schools of Durham to share information about the Incredible Years Parent Training Series to promote positive parent practices. This 14 week course continues and builds upon the principles taught at the TTK events. All the TTK programs help build a community of support for families and children during this transitional time.
Here’s a shout out to Book Harvest for donating books to attendees. Families were encouraged to take up to 10 books in an effort to encourage summer reading! We would also like to thank Pizza Hut for providing the meals for each event and Kidznotes for sharing about their after school music program with a performance by student musicians.
What is TTK
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!
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