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Transition to Kindergarten…Ready, Set, Go!

For four years, Child Care Resources Inc. (CCRI) worked in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to design and implement a system-wide transition plan for children and families entering kindergarten. As the Early Reading First grant period came to a close, CCRI wrapped production of a video series and electronic toolkit entitled Ready, Set, Go! Your Go-To Guide to Kindergarten Transition.

Developed in collaboration with CMS and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction / Office of School Readiness, this award-winning series includes three DVD videos and a toolkit on CD-ROM for early educators and families (with materials in English and Spanish).

Since its launch, Ready, Set, Go! has received national recognition. In January 2010, Ready, Set, Go! was reviewed by Tannock & Lyons in Intervention in School and Clinic. The individual video programs and the Ready, Set, Go! series have received these accolades:

  • CINE Special Jury Award 2010 – Children’s Education and Entertainment, non-broadcast (Making the Move to Kindergarten)
  • CINE Golden Eagle 2009 – Children’s Education and Entertainment, non-broadcast (Making the Move to Kindergarten)
  • CINE Golden Eagle 2009 – Adult Education, non-broadcast (Your Go-To Guide to Kindergarten Transition)
  • International Communicator Award – Silver (Your Go-To Guide to Kindergarten Transition)
  • Parent’s Choice – Honorable Mention (Making the Move to Kindergarten)

What began as a local effort was ultimately brought to scale through collaborative partnerships. Ready, Set, Go! is used by school districts, public libraries and child care resource and referral agencies within and beyond North Carolina and now forms the basis of CCRI’s institutionalized transition strategies that continue to impact thousands of children and families.

For more information, contact Carolyn Hazeldine at (704) 376-6697 ext. 107, or send email to:

Ready, Set, Go! can be purchased for $30 (+ tax and shipping) at

Copies are also available for the general public through Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and through Child Care Resources’ Traveling Family and Teacher Resource Center.

For Parents and Families

Click the links below for useful information to help your child transition to kindergarten!

For Early Care & Education Professionals

Click the links below for information to help children in your 4-year-old classroom transition to kindergarten!