Transition to Kindergarten

Durham’s Transition to Kindergarten Initiative

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!

2021 Transition to Kindergarten Events


Transition to Kindergarten Activities

TTK 1Meet Ready Eddy!

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

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.

Kindergarten Registration Events

In March 2020 under normal circumstances, we would be hosting our spring TTK events right now, but things have changed a bit. Back in March, DPfC made the difficult decision to cancel our spring TTK events at participating schools, however, our goal remains the same- that all children in Durham will enter kindergarten feeling excited, ready to learn, and supported by their schools, families, and community. In efforts to continue to reach this goal, we hosted a Transition to Kindergarten Webinar on Tuesday, June 9 at 6pm. This was a great opportunity for families to find out everything they need to know about kindergarten. No worries if you missed it! Below you will find a list of materials from the webinar.


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The TTK Initiative is sponsored in part by the Morgan Creek Foundation. For more information about the TTK Initiative, please contact Courtney Kelly or Katie Starr , Durham’s Partnership for Children: 919-403-6960 ext. 215 or 225.