Transition to Kindergarten

Transition refers to the totality of experiences and opportunities a child encounters in moving from one program or setting to another. Opportunities and experiences that familiarize children and families with new settings, expectations and relationships can help make connections that ease adjustments.

When transitions are effective they provide the supports children need to make these adjustments. When children make successful transitions they:

  • Enjoy school and look forward to going

  • Show steady growth in academic and social skills

  • Have families who are more actively engaged in their learning (Howard, 2010)



Kindergarten Screening and VPK

Section 1002.69, Florida Statutes, describes Department of Education responsibilities for statewide kindergarten screening and calculating VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rates. The law requires statewide kindergarten screening be administered within the first 30 days of kindergarten. There are also opportunities for private schools to administer the screening if they like.

Kindergarten screening is known as The Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener or FLKRS.

Click here to learn more about the Star Early Literacy screener used. 


Books to Promote an Effective Transition!

How To Prepare Your Child?

  • Begin setting bedtime routines to make waking up for school easier.
  • Establish reading routines to help your child become familiar with a variety of books.
  • Encourage your child to practice recognizing and writing his or her full name.
  • Practice independent skills such as packing and unpacking, opening containers for lunch and using the bathroom.
  • Talk to your child about rules and consequences.