Improving children’s kindergarten readiness

A new $3.4 million five-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to researchers at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CCEC) will examine impacts of specific kindergarten-transition practices on children’s academic and social-behavioral development during preschool, their adjustment to kindergarten and their trajectories from preschool to the end of first grade. Over 1,000 children will be followed from preschool to the end of the kindergarten year, and research results will fundamentally improve our understanding of how preschool and kindergarten teachers can facilitate children’s kindergarten transition. Laura Justice, Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Studies, and executive director of the CCEC, is the principal investigator of the study.

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