Transforming Transitions to Kindergarten

Status: complete

Purpose: This project designed, implemented, and evaluated a multi-pronged intervention to  support children to have the social and emotional skills they need to make the difficult shift from preschool to kindergarten. The primary project components are: (1) providing organizational capacity development to Head Start programs to  enhance their capacity to implement effective early childhood mental health and transition services; and (2) implementing a family-driven, team-based approach to supporting successful transitions for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Project Design: Design, implement, and evaluate the intervention into Head Start sites using quantitative pre/post surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews with Head Start staff, Head Start parents, and kindergarten teachers.

Funding Source: National Institute for Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research

Start Date: October 2004

Project Team

Evaluation Director

Beth Green, Ph.D.  (Collaborative project with Portland State University’s Research & Training Center for Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, Barbara Friesen, PI)

Project Director

Anna Malsch, Ph.D.

Reports and Publications:

Green, B. L., Malsch, A. M., Hood-Kothari, B., Busse, J., & Brennan, E. (2012) An intervention to increase early childhood staff capacity for promoting children’s social-emotional development in preschool settings Early Childhood Education Journal, 40(2), 123-132.

Green, B. L., Everhart, M., Gordon, L., & Gettman, M. G. (Dec. 2006) Characteristics of Effective Mental Health Consultation in Early Childhood Settings: Multilevel Analysis of a National Survey Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 26(3), 142-152.
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Green, B. L., Everhart, M., Gordon, L., & Friesen, B. (March 2004) Management Strategies for Positive Mental Health Outcomes: What Early Childhood Administrators Need to Know Region X HSA, Portland State University
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Green, B. L. (June 2003) Effective Models for Mental Health Consultation in Early Childhood Settings NPC Research: Portland, OR.
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