• Community foundations that support a transition-to-kindergarten
project might develop a one-day conference around the main top-
ics covered in this book.
• Home visitors might find simple and fun activities to help child
care providers and parents make the transition to kindergarten
easier for their children.
Tools for Educators
When I present workshops to educators on the transition to kindergarten,
I always begin by asking participants what they want to learn during their
time with me. Their questions are usually very practical: What should
we say to parents about school readiness? What are best practices for the
transition to kindergarten? What are good ways to engage kindergarten
teachers as partners? How do we help pre-K teachers better prepare chil-
dren? How should we work with immigrant families who are new to our
school system? What can the principal do to make the school more wel-
coming? What is school readiness?
Kindergarten used to be viewed as the rehearsal year for school, but
it has become clear that kindergarten is a much more important time. As
the early childhood field has evolved, professionals wonder if they’re do-
ing enough to prepare learners. My objective with Is Everybody Ready for
Kindergarten? is to give educators the tools they need to prepare learners.
How the Book Is Organized
Even though the book is organized in a sequence, you can consult the
parts in which you are most interested. Chapter 1 explores the concepts
of children being ready for school, as well as schools being ready for
children and families. Chapter 2 examines kindergarten in the twenty-
first century. Chapter 3 describes the characteristics of four-, five-, and