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Pre-K to Third Grade Learning Continuum

Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Tool

Building relationships, partnering and collaboration are extremely important to facilitate the transition of prekindergarten students to kindergarten.

Kindergarten is a time of great change for children, parents, families and schools in which new relationships, new expectations and new competencies are being developed. School Districts and Community Based Programs that serve students who are four years of age should have a comprehensive plan for supporting students and their families as they transition into a K-12 system.

The Planning Tool to Support Effective Transitions from Prekindergarten to Kindergarten will help to determine how complete the school district’s or program’s prekindergarten to kindergarten transition plan is. It may signal areas for improvement for the district or program and areas to work on to ensure a positive start for young children transitioning into the school community.

Pre-K - K Transition Planning Tool for Districts

Pre-K - K Transition Planning Tool for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)

Transition Tips for Educators and Families

Pre-K - 3rd Grade (P - 3) Tools

The P-3 Tools are planning and reflection tools for use by states, districts, schools, early childhood programs, and classrooms working to align more coherent policies and practices to support improved outcomes for students in prekindergarten through third grade.

Prekindergarten to Grade Three Tool

The New York State Education Department worked in collaboration with the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes and the Northeast Regional Comprehensive Center to develop a companion to the National P-3 framework. This tool is designed to assist with identifying the steps that can guide the plan development or revision. During the P-3 Summer Institute in 2019 participants took a deeper dive into their current P-3 initiatives using the tool. The tool is based off the Framework from the National P-3 Center. 

P-3 Instructional Guidance Toolkit

The P-3 Instructional Guidance Toolkit was created in cooperation with Sarah Hughes and Kyle Snow, Ph.D., of the RMC Research Corporation. Teachers, principals, and instructional support staff can use this toolkit and its collected tools to increase the use of effective, equitable P–3 instructional strategies designed to improve learning and close well-documented achievement gaps. The framework of the toolkit is responsive to the diverse cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, and learning needs of children and families across New York State.

In July 2021, Sarah Hughes and Kyle Snow shared their presentation of the P-3 Instructional Guidance Toolkit, provided below. During this session, participants are be introduced to this resource. Participants will understand the research-base and purpose of the Toolkit, be introduced to the key features of the Toolkit, learn about eight effective instructional strategies and four instructional mindsets, and learn how to use the Toolkit to promote reflection and discussion to support P-3 instruction. Sarah Hughes is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation, and Kyle Snow, Ph.D., currently provides technical assistance to states in early learning topics and provides organization management and leadership in support of U.S. Department of Education Regional Comprehensive Centers.