Kids in Transition to School (KITS) is a school-readiness program developed in 2005. KITS has been implemented by a number of school districts in Oregon. KITS aims to prepare children for their transition to kindergarten by improving children’s literacy, self-regulation, and social skills just prior to kindergarten through a system of positive-teaching and behavior-change strategies. The program focuses on both children and their parents.
Through the KITS program, children attend school-readiness groups, which are structured like a kindergarten class, over the course of the summer prior to their entry into kindergarten. Children attend 24 sessions in total; 2 sessions a week for 8 weeks before the start of kindergarten and 1 session per week for 8 weeks after school starts. The school-readiness group curriculum concentrates on early literacy skills, early numeracy skills, self-regulation, and social skills. Parents of these children attend 12 workshops weekly in the summer and every other week in the fall. The workshop curriculum for parents focuses on ways to increase early literacy skills at home, establishing school routines to help with the transition to kindergarten, how parents can become involved with their children’s schooling, and how to encourage positive behaviors at home and at school.