The CPP Rules and Regulations (6.01 C.C.R) state that programs providing services for children funded through the Colorado Preschool Program must demonstrate the capacity to deliver high quality developmentally appropriate services, as measured by the Colorado Quality Standards for Early Childhood Care and Education Services.
Section E-15 of the Quality Standards (PDF) identifies transition (the movement or change of children from one program to another) as an important part of quality services. Additionally, federal guidelines require that the transition of preschool children with disabilities, as well as the transition of all preschoolers who are entering Title I schools, must be addressed.
The focus of current transition efforts has changed from bridging the gap between different types of programs to the provision of continuity in the key elements that characterize all good early childhood programs: developmentally appropriate practices, family partnerships, and supportive services.
The process of transition from a preschool program into kindergarten should be planned.
The planning should:
- begin at least six to nine months prior to placement of the child in the new setting
- should involve families and the teaching team from the child’s current, future or past programs.