We are pleased to announce that we have awarded Transition to Kindergarten Mini-Grants to 17 child care sites and elementary schools through our Transition to Kindergarten (TTK) Initiative, a collaboration with Durham Public Schools. The grant amounts total $6,000 to support early educators, elementary schools and child care sites in designing and implementing transition events for their specific student and parent populations. Funds for these mini-grants were made available through gifts from Wells Fargo and the Morgan Creek Foundation.
The TTK mini-grants allow for a targeted, community-based approach, with activities and information tailored for children and their families at each site. Last year, more than 500 families participated in transition activities at events funded by mini-grants at child care centers and schools. This year’s mini-grant recipients are projected to serve more than 1,000 rising kindergartners throughout Durham through activities such as summer transition camps, student portfolios, field trips to kindergarten classrooms, and kindergarten parent nights.
The 2015 Mini-Grant recipients are:
In addition to the mini-grants, rising kindergartners and their families benefit from other TTK activities such as Blast Off to Kindergarten Kits, Kindergarten Registration Week, and Transition Team events at six DPS elementary schools. The Transition Teams, comprised of teachers, parents and school administrators, have implemented a series of events for rising kindergartners and their families this spring and before the school year starts in August.
To see a list of all upcoming events, please visit www.durhamgoestokindergarten.com.