Kindergarten Transition


One of the biggest transitions a child will ever make happens at the start of kindergarten. Successfully navigating the start of school sets kids up for future success. But it takes all of us, working together, to make that happen.

United Way coordinates community transition teams that help kids and families bridge the gap between pre-k and kindergarten. Transition teams are made up of early childhood educators, teachers, parents and community members. They work together to make sure students can transition smoothly from pre-k life to kindergarten, and start school feeling calm, confident and ready to learn.

Transition teams coordinate activities and experiences that help students adapt to kindergarten: parent orientation nights, student summer camps, classroom visits and more.

Transition teams also give a voice to key issues surrounding early childhood education. They promote the importance of quality early childhood education, early literacy development and on-time kindergarten registration. They help early childhood educators and school districts communicate better, and do the same for families, schools and the greater community.

Kindergarten Transition Conference >>

  • Click the link to check out photos from our 2019 Kindergarten Transition Conference where early childhood education professionals from around the region met to discuss the challenges they are facing in their disctricts, learn about the latest trends and resources and plan transition activities for students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2020.


During the 2018-19 school year, 3,440 students participated in transition activities in Westmoreland, Fayette, Armstrong and Greene Counties.


Kindergarten Transition Map >>

  • Click the link to see a map and find contact information for every education provider participating in our School Readiness program!