Teacher Amparo Garcia-Yurchenco plays guitar for Rigler

Early Kindergarten Transition Program

  • Early Kindergarten Transition (EKT) is a school-based, family-oriented summer program designed to increase family engagement in school, improve children’s attendance and success in school. 

    Children attend school every morning for three weeks in summer. Parents or caregivers gather twice a week to meet school staff and discuss ways to support their child's learning. Interpreters are hired. Meals are provided. Child Care is offered during parent meeting times.

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    For summer 2020, the following schools will offer EKT:  Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, Harrison Park, James John, Kelly, Lee, Lent, Martin Luther King Jr., Rigler, Scott, Sitton, Vestal, Whitman, Woodmere.

    SUN Community School lead agencies, Multnomah County, and Multnomah County Library are major partners. 

    EKT 2020 flyers and applications will be posted by December 13, 2020

    EKT flyer in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, Somali

    EKT application in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, Somali,


    Media and academic articles 

    PBS News Hour

    KOIN TV story

    Getting Smart Blog

    EKT research brief 

    Full Article in Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

    Education Week Article

    Questions? Contact Nancy Hauth, nhauth@pps.net