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Strong Start Community Grant

A smooth transition into kindergarten creates a foundation for children to build upon throughout the rest of their K-12 journey. Without the right supports, the shift from early environments to kindergarten can be a significant challenge. When communities strengthen the connective experience between early learning and the start of kindergarten, they ease the stress of transition, setting children up for effective experiences. Additionally, parents, early learning programs and K-12 systems benefit from effective transitions, aligning children's experiences and their own expectations to support children. Effective transitions reduce academic fadeout, improve academic outcomes, encourage family involvement and allow children to navigate a significant period of adjustment.