The Early Kindergarten Transition Program (EKT) is a part of Kindergarten CountsThese are 2-3 week free summer programs for children AND their parents/caregivers entering kindergarten at those particular schools.


Two Core components

The EKT program is based around two core components:

  1. Class Time for Children
  2. Family Engagement Activities

During class time children meet teachers, make new friends, and get familiar with kindergarten skills, routines, and expectations.

Parents/Caregivers participate in group engagement and other activities to learn about kindergarten and the school, ways to support learning at home, and meet school staff and other parents.


Program goals

  • Increase parental involvement in their child's learning
  • Reduce chronic absenteeism in kindergarten
  • Promote children's success in school

Summer 2015 Program Locations

2015 Directory of EKT Programs: A Guide for Community Partners (186.57 KB)


Example EKT Application Forms

EKT Application Form - English (20.86 KB)

EKT Application Form - Spanish (18.47 KB)

EKT Application Form - Russian (18.99 KB)

EKT Application Form - Vietnamese (18.69 KB)


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Linkage Staff Contact

Brooke Chilton-Timmons
503-988-2468 / brooke.chilton-timmons@multco.us