The transition into Kindergarten is an important time in children’s lives and may pose a considerable change for families and children.

Because a successful school transition is not a one-size-fits-all process, the Limestone District School Board partners with various community partners to offer a Transition to Kindergarten Workshop for caregivers of children with special needs. This collaborative effort between KidsInclusive, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Community Living Kingston and District, the Maltby Centre and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board aims to provide families with an overview of the transition process, some helpful tips on effective advocacy, and the opportunity to learn what a day in kindergarten looks like.

The planning process begins every February prior to school entry to allow time for school teams to work with families and community agencies to develop a child-specific plan that draws on a student’s strengths. The half-day workshop includes session on effective advocacy and information on school and board services. There is also a parent panel that shares their experiences and provides helpful tips on the planning process for entry into school.

“We know that any type of transition for young children can be an anxious time for families and the child,” says Jennifer Murphy, Limestone’s Special Education Program Coordinator. “By bringing families in ahead of time, we can lessen some of the anxiety and empower them to be positive and informed advocates for their children. Knowing where and how to get help should they need it is important in ensuring student success and well-being.”