The kids in transition to school program

Katherine C. Pears, Livia Carpenter, Hyoun K. Kim, Emily Peterson, Philip A. Fisher

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Because the period of transition at the beginning of kindergarten can potentially impact an individual's overall development, preventive intervention at the transition to kindergarten could have long-lasting and widespread impacts on the lives of children and their families. In this chapter, we present the Kids in Transition to School (KITS) Program, an evidence-based preventive intervention designed to capitalize on the period of the transition into kindergarten in preparing high-risk children for school. KITS features components for both children and parents. The program has specific foci on developing children's early academic, social, and self-regulation skills and increasing parents' school engagement and the use of positive parenting practices. KITS teachers and parent group facilitators are trained in evidence-based techniques important for teaching individuals new skills with a particular focus on teaching social-emotional skills. KITS has been tested in three randomized clinical trials. Results have demonstrated that the program positively affects children's academic and self-regulation skills as well as parents' use of consistent parenting techniques and school involvement. Effects of KITS have also been demonstrated at a neurobiological level. Finally, the effects of KITS appear to persist at least until the third grade, 4 years after the completion of the program.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKindergarten Transition and Readiness
Subtitle of host publicationPromoting Cognitive, Social-Emotional, and Self-Regulatory Development
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319902005
ISBN (Print)9783319901992
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 9

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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