Helping Hoosier children and families transition smoothly between early learning settings and kindergarten classrooms is an essential role of both the early childhood education community and K-12 providers. Too frequently, disconnects between these two groups has left children and families with the primary burden of navigating this transition alone.

Through the Federal Preschool Development Grant, Indiana is hosting a prize competition to identify promising practices for supporting effective transitions of children to kindergarten that could be shared and replicated across the state. Groups eligible to apply include: Indiana K-12 school districts, early learning providers and other non-profit community groups.

Submissions should be replicable and demonstrate how current practices achieve one or more of the following:

  • Drive community awareness and support for kindergarten readiness and transitions
  • Offer meaningful experiences that help prepare children for the transition to kindergarten
  • Engage and educate families to support kindergarten transitions
  • Create a means for sharing student information or assessment data between pre-K and kindergarten programs
  • Establish policies and procedures for transitioning children with IEPs
  • Provide opportunities for pre-K and kindergarten teachers and administrators to collaborate, strategize and plan for kindergarten transitions

Submissions will be evaluated on:

  • Comprehensiveness
  • Effectiveness
  • Replicability
  • Scalability
  • Innovation

Competition closes August 26, 2019 at 5 pm EDT.

Early Learning Indiana