Kindergarten Transition Conference

Parents & Partners, Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13, South Middleton School District, and the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County invite you to the Kindergarten Transition Conference to learn how you can further grow transition practices within your school district and community. Research shows that a seamless transition into Kindergarten is critical for young children in order to be successful in their future academic careers—this transition sets the tone for their future school experiences.

Event Information

Please note there has been a change in venue.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Evangelical Free Church of Hershey
330 Hilltop Road
Hummelstown, PA 17036
Cost: $12.00

Registration deadline is October 20, 2017!

Keynote Speaker

We welcome Dr. Eric Darr, President of Harrisburg University, as our Keynote Speaker. Under Dr. Darr’s leadership, Harrisburg University has expanded to include a Philadelphia location; welcomed the largest class of new students in its history, expanded its total enrollment to over 4,000 students, launched new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, secured grants and scholarship support, opened new housing for its students and expanded the University’s classroom and laboratory space. Dr. Darr currently serves on several community Boards including, the Technology Council of Pennsylvania, the Innovation Transfer Network, and the Hershey Center for Applied Research. Additionally, he serves on the Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce. During his career, he has developed and taught Doctoral and MBA courses in organizational learning, organizational change, organization design, process reengineering, business strategy and technology management. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on organizational learning, learning technologies and competitive advantage. Dr. Darr served on the leadership team for the Pennsylvania STEM Center Initiative, which designed, developed, implemented and evaluated a set of strategies for Pennsylvania’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Agenda through 2018. An initiative of the National Governors Association and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the STEM Center Initiative develops and deploys statewide strategies and resources designed to enhance the Commonwealth’s education and workforce development efforts targeted at the development of a globally competitive STEM workforce. Prior to joining Harrisburg University, he was Chief Operating Officer from 2000 until 2003 at KnowledgePlanet, Inc., a software company located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Darr led Ernst & Young’s Knowledge Management Consulting Services.

Conference Schedule

8:30am-9:00am Registration
9:00am-9:15am Welcome
9:15am-10:15am Keynote Speaker
10:30am-12:00pm Breakout Session 1
12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm-1:30pm Networking & sharing transition strategies between Centers & Schools
1:45pm-3:15pm Breakout Session 2
3:15pm-3:30pm Closing

Who Should Attend

  • Early Childhood Educators and Administrators (PQAS hours available)
  • Kindergarten Teachers
  • Elementary Principals
  • School District Administration
  • Superintendents
  • Family Engagement Specialists
  • Community Partners

This conference has been approved by PDE for Act 48 credits!

This conference was developed through The Race to the Top Early Learning Community Innovation Zone Grants in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Lebanon Counties through the work of Parents & Partners, Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13, South Middleton School District, and the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County.

Questions? Call Leslie Fick or Jeanne Predmore, Program Managers, Parents & Partners at 717.236.5040.