New SEDL Strategy Brief Focuses on the Transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten

September 16, 2005
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

The first years of school can set the tone for a child’s long-term academic success—that is why the transition from preschool to kindergarten can be crucial. And this transition time is also key to getting families involved in their children’s school and education.

The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) has recently released a strategy brief that examines how schools and families can work together to address children’s readiness for school.

Published by SEDL’s National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools, Easing the Transition from PreK to Kindergarten is available online at

This strategy brief discusses recent studies that examine issues related to school readiness and family involvement. It also provides strategies schools can use to begin transition activities before children enter kindergarten.

SEDL program associate Chris Ferguson, who co-wrote the strategy brief with SEDL information associate Lacy Wood, says that many of these transition activities are just common sense. “Other activities address issues that some school administrators may not think about—such as inviting families to participate in focus groups or discussion groups about student performance, expectations, and curriculum.” Ferguson adds that the relationship schools form with parents before school begins can help get kids off to a good start in elementary school and establish a productive relationship between families and schools.

About SEDL

The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit