Heading to Kindergarten

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Ohio’s Heading to Kindergarten initiative provides a structure, process, resources and technical assistance aimed at improving connections between Ohio Head Start programs and their receiving elementary school in districts across the State. The goal is to support best practices that enhance collaboration between early care and education programs, public schools and community partners as a critical pathway to better child outcomes.

During the 2020-2021 school year, four public school / Head Start teams from around Ohio participated in the Heading to Kindergarten pilot project:
  • Celina City Schools / Mercer County Head Start
  • Miamisburg City School District / Miami Valley Child Development Center
  • Port Clinton City Schools / Great Lakes Community Action Program
  • Warren City Schools / Trumbull County Community Action Program
Supported by the State Support Team Early Childhood Consultant in their region, each public school / Head Start team established a goal, developed an action plan and worked on implementation. Efforts focused on one of three areas: information sharing, building relationships, or program alignment. The four teams met quarterly as a large group to learn, work together and share experiences. Each team presented highlights of their work during Ohio’s first statewide kindergarten transition summit in June.

The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness Head Start Collaboration Project and its’ partners are excited to continue Heading to Kindergarten in 2021-2022! Cohort 2 participants will be:
  • Columbus City Schools / Child Development Council of Franklin County
  • Chardon Local Schools / Lake Geauga United Head Start
  • Clermont Northeastern / Clermont Northeastern Early Childhood Academy
  • Georgetown Exempted Village Schools / Adams Brown Community Action Partnership
  • Marion City Schools / Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission
  • Paint Valley Local School District / Ross County Community Action Committee
  • Portsmouth City School District / Community Action Organization of Scioto County
High quality early childhood education can prepare children for kindergarten, but children’s continued success requires effective partnerships with the teachers and leaders in their next school environment. Heading to Kindergarten supports Each Child Our Future and the Whole Child Framework by helping schools, families and communities work together to meet the needs of the whole child.

Tour of Celina Primary School - Welcome to Kindergarten, 2021 (Translated in Marshallese)

Objectives of the Heading to Kindergarten Project

1. Promote best practices to enhance collaboration between early care and education programs, community partners, and public schools.

2. Provide resources, professional development, and technical assistance to support effective collaborations and successful transitions to kindergarten in school districts across Ohio.

3. Coordinate an annual state-wide Heading to Kindergarten Transition event.


Questions about Heading to Kindergarten

Contact: headstart@education.ohio.gov

Last Modified: 11/16/2021 3:48:42 PM