School Readiness and Transition to Kindergarten
Success in Kindergarten
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) believes that a high quality kindergarten program provides an education that meets each child’s needs, interests, and level of development. Kindergarten offers opportunities for children to observe, explore, experiment, and investigate the world around them.
FCPS recognizes that parents are their children’s first teachers. These resources provide parents with ways to support their children to help ensure a successful transition to kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to engage children in these activities in their home language.
Official PDF Translations
Executive Function and Self-RegulationThese skills are the thinking processes that help us to plan, focus, and remember successfully. The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child has published an activity guide for building executive function skills.
Fun Learning Activities
Partnering with School Readiness and Transition to Kindergarten
Early Childhood supports students and families in being ready for school. This includes developing the well-being of the whole child so that it aligns with the Kindergarten expectations.
- Collaboration between Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers
- Collaboration between schools and families
- Ongoing instructional communication
- Alignment of Curriculum
Bridge to Kindergarten
The transition to kindergarten is a big one for kids, and even more so for children who haven't had any preschool experience. FCPS offers the Bridge to Kindergarten program to help these future students to learn what its like in the school environment.
Parent Information about the Transition to Kindergarten from Early Childhood Special Education Services
The transition from a special education preschool program to kindergarten can be exciting yet overwhelming for students with disabilities and their families. Students face a lot of adjustments: a longer school day, a larger class size, new classmates, and new teachers. Fairfax County Public Schools approaches the transition with a team approach to ensure the child is provided with services to make their transition successful.