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Kindergarten; Readiness for school;


The purpose of this literature review is to clarify what a successful kindergarten transition plan is. This review focuses on the transition a child and his or her family experience when moving from preschool, home, or day care into the formal kindergarten classroom. Studies were reviewed from several countries in Europe and from the United States of America and Australia. Studies were conducted in various settings including Head Start classrooms, preschool and kindergarten classrooms, and day care centers. The studies provided information on the models of transition plans used, types of transition activities used, barriers to transition plans for teachers and families, and the communication barriers that exist between parents and teachers. The conclusion of this paper includes recommendations for next steps for planning a transition program and how parent communication affects the process. The information is based on the research and my own professional experiences. The conclusion of this paper also includes ideas for further research on kindergarten transitions and parent communication.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of Early Childhood Education

First Advisor

Jill M. Uhlenberg

Second Advisor

Linda May Fitzgerald


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