The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is working with a dedicated team of educators and community stakeholders to help better align Early Childhood Education (ECE) and school districts while building a strong bridge for families to help ensure every child in our community is supported through all stages of growth and development. As part of our Community Innovation Zone grant, we developed this "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" guide and checklist for families and children as they prepare to enter kindergarten.
The United Way and PNC Bank sponsored the first-ever Lackawanna County Kindergarten Dialogue at PNC Field in November to unite Lackawanna County elementary school staff and the quality early care centers which support them and encourage a collaborative approach to ensuring alignment and improving school readiness skills, utilizing Tiers of Engagement and a Pyramid of Collaboration.
Tiers of Engagement
As a community, we strive to take a collaborative approach to help ensure continuity of care and consistency across programs. Whether as an Early Learning Provider or School District staff, everyone has an important role in developing transition policies and practices that help area children and their families successfully transition to Kindergarten. Ongoing communication at all levels of the transition process is essential. We encourage you to use these tools and resources to develop the framework for future collaborations to ensure successful transitions to Kindergarten for children and families.
Important Links :: Community Transition Packet
- Getting to Know My Child (A Guide for My Child's Kindergarten Teacher) (.pdf)
- Kindergarten Readiness Indicators Checklist (.pdf)
- Summary Sheet - Strengths and Areas of Improvement (.doc)
- Consent to Share Information (.doc)