Kids in Transition to School (KITS)

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Scientific Rating:
2
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Kids in Transition to School (KITS) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Educational Interventions for Children and Adolescents in Child Welfare.

Target Population: Foster children and other children at high risk for school difficulties who are entering kindergarten

For children/adolescents ages: 4 – 6

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 4 – 6

Brief Description

Kids in Transition to School (KITS) is a short-term, intensive intervention designed to enhance psychosocial and academic school readiness in children at high risk for school difficulties. KITS features a two-pronged approach: (a) a 24-session therapeutic playgroup focused on promoting social-emotional skills and early literacy in children, and (b) an 8-session parent workshop focused on promoting parent involvement in early literacy and the use of positive parenting practices. The KITS curriculum is delivered during the summer before and the early fall of kindergarten.


Program Goals:

The goals of Kids in Transition to School (KITS) are:

  • Increase early literacy skills in children in foster care who are entering kindergarten
  • Increase social skills in children in foster care who are entering kindergarten
  • Increase self-regulation skills in children in foster care who are entering kindergarten
  • Increase caregiver involvement in early literacy activities
  • Increase caregiver involvement in schooling

Contact Information

Name: Katherine Pears, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Oregon Social Learning Center
Website: www.oslc.org/projects/kids-transition-school-kits
Email:
Phone: (541) 485-2711
Fax: (541) 485-7087

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012