Heading to Kindergarten

Heading to Kindergarten helps students transition to elementary school


Heading to Kindergarten is part of the Head Start Public Schools Collaboration Demonstration Project launched by the Office of Head Start in 2019. The initial project established 13 public school Head Start teams from across the United States and provided technical assistance and support to improve connections between Head Start programs and their receiving elementary schools. Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center and Gallia County Local School District were selected to participate, and their Connections family engagement project has been a huge success.
Ohio’s Heading to Kindergarten project now is offering the same opportunity to districts throughout the state. Districts that choose to participate will partner with their local Head Start programs and work collaboratively to develop smooth transitions for children and their families as they enter kindergarten. Participating teams will develop a plan to improve relationships and identify indicators to be addressed for children transitioning from Head Start to kindergarten. The teams will receive resources and supports to implement their plan and achieve their goals. While there is no grant opportunity associated with this project, Heading to Kindergarten is an opportunity for districts to meet the requirements of Title I and the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Ohio Department of Education’s Head Start Collaboration Office is recruiting up to 16 districts for this project. The final cohort will be announced on Oct. 12.
Districts interested in joining Heading to Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year or those seeking more information should email headstart@education.ohio.gov.
Additional information also is available on the Heading to Kindergarten webpage.