For two summers, Hawaii will be offering a summer start kindergarten transition program. Using $3.5 million in federal recovery funds, the state will provide a free, three-week, in-person classroom experience for incoming kindergarteners with little or no preschool experience. The program will focus on student behaviors and school routines to increase students’ confidence and help them start the school year strong.
We are spotlighting this because of the critical importance of kindergarten and early childhood development. A new effort aimed at preparing students for this critical transition is a worthwhile use of federal recovery funds and a model for other states to watch.