Children’s earliest experiences with school, including preschool, can be a critical determinant of their success in school. Specifically, research suggests that strong positive relationships between children and teachers, children and peers, parents and teachers, and preschool teachers and kindergarten teachers help to build competencies in young children and ease the transition into kindergarten.
Other factors that enhance children’s transitions and school success are developmentally appropriate classroom practice, parent involvement, and supportive services for children and families. Although the research has focused on kindergarten transition, there is growing understanding that transitions at all of the early stages are very important. Alignment between all early care and education programs in the birth-to-eight framework is critical for children's success.