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Head Start Transition...


What is transition?

Transition is adjusting to change. As things change in our lives, we also have to change. Adults and children have different ways of dealing with transition. The transition from home to school takes time and is different for each child and parent. It is just as difficult for parents to separate from their child as it is for a child to be away from his parents.

Transition addresses all the changes that occur as a child moves from one setting to another-from home to a program, within a program, or between programs. It is a process that involves children, families, staff, and organizations.


What can parents do to help?

  • Talk with your child about what will be happening
  • Sharing what you know about your child
  • Working with your child at home
  • Communicating regularly with staff
  • Staying involved in the program
  • Networking with other parents
  • Speaking out and acting for all children
  • Why is transition an important issue for staff and parents?

Your Head Start Program is required to do the following things:

  • Help parents become their child's advocates and supporters as their children transition into, through, and out of the program.
  • Conduct periodic staff-parent meetings and one at the end of the year to discuss each child's progress.
  • Provide education and training to prepare parents to exercise their rights and responsibilities in school settings.
  • Help parents communicate with teachers in school settings and take part in making decisions that affect their child.