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We attempt to address these gaps. We then describe the results of preventive interventions based on our conceptual model in the form of a couples group led by trained mental health professionals. Problems Challenges for the young pre-schooler about to enter kindergarten have been well documented.
We lack longitudinal studies that trace family trajectories across the school transition. Only a handful of studies examine other aspects of the family system context e.
Longitudinal studies Only a few studies, including two of our own, assess families during the preschool period and again after the child has entered elementary school. Family-based parenting interventions Over the past 35 years we have conducted two randomized clinical trials in which some couples were randomly chosen to participate in couples groups led by trained mental health professionals, while others were not.
The male-female co-leaders met with the couples weekly for at least 4 months. Some of the expectant couples, randomly chosen, were offered participation in a couples group that met with their co-leaders for 24 weeks over 6 months.
Each group session included some open time to discuss personal events and concerns in their lives and a topic that addressed one of the aspects of family life in our conceptual model. We found that, while there was a decline in satisfaction as a couple in new parents without the intervention, the new parent couples who participated in an ongoing couples group maintained their level of satisfaction over the next five years until their children had finished kindergarten.
A second intervention study, the School Children and their Families Project16 followed another couples from the year before their first child entered kindergarten until the children were in 11th grade. There were three randomly-assigned conditions — an opportunity to use our staff as consultants once a year the control groupa couples group that emphasized parent-child relationships during the open-ended part of the evenings the more traditional approachor a couples group that focused more on the relationship between the parents during the open-ended parts.
When the families were assessed during kindergarten and 1st grade, parents who had been in a group emphasizing parent-child relationships had improved in the aspects of parenting we observed in our project playroom, with no improvement in the control participants.
Both intervention variations affected the children. The children of parents in the parenting-focused groups improved in positive self-image, and were less likely to show shy, withdrawn, depressed behaviour at school. Children of parents in the couple-focused groups were at an advantage in terms of higher scores on individually administered achievement tests, and lower levels of aggressive behaviour at school.
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The interventions continued to have a significant impact on the families over the next 10 years in terms of both self-reported and observed couple relationship quality and behaviour problems in the students.
The impact of the couple-focused groups was always equal to or greater than the impact of the parenting-focused groups.
We are suggesting reaching out to parents before children enter school and proposing that children will benefit from an enhanced relationship between their parents. It has been our experience during years of consulting to preschool and elementary school staff that very few have training in communicating with parents, and none are trained to provide interventions that might enhance co-parenting or couple relationships.
An obvious alternative would be to hire trained family educators, social workers, nurses or clinical psychologists to do the outreach and lead groups for couples. Of course this would be costly. What is as yet unknown is the balance between benefits and costs. If the cost of dealing with behaviour problem children to the school and society is greater than the cost of these family-based interventions, perhaps it is time to consider such an approach.
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The focus was on what successful transitions to school look like, the factors that play a role in how well children transition from ECE to school, and the ways in which children can be supported by teachers and families to transition as successfully as possible. a successful transition to school can increase the likelihood of positive social, emotional and academic outcomes for children.
The literature review was Schools have a key role to play during transition including reaching out and working in partnership with parents . Heading off to kindergarten is a big event for all kids and parents.
For young children who have struggled socially or academically during preschool, it is a transition that needs careful planning and attention.
Below are four suggestions for parents of children who may need extra help making a successful move to kindergarten. school experience and appear relatively stable over time, it is important that the transition to kindergarten is successful for children and for their parents.
Early childhood is a significant period in human development. important role to play as children transitioned to school • leaders placed emphasis on the importance of transition to ensure continuity of learning for children.
Early Childhood Services students on a positive learning pathway.5 The factors that lead to a successful transition.