Kids In Transition to School

  • KITS is an early childhood program available to Springfield families. We host KITS at Guy Lee, Maple, Riverbend and Mt. Vernon elementary schools. Students who will be entering Kindergarten at any of our elementary schools are eligible to attend at one of these sites, as space allows. 

    The program is designed to equip children with the skills they need to begin school.

    • Each summer, children who are scheduled to enter kindergarten that fall are invited to a playgroup that meets three times a week for 8 weeks in July and August.
    • Students are taught pre-reading skills, such as letter names and sounds, pre-writing skills, such as how to write their names, and social skills, such as taking turns, raising their hand, how not to talk out of turn. 
    • As part of the program, parents are also invited to participate in workshops every other week covering topics like how to prepare their kids for a strong start in school, establishing routines for getting to school, doing homework, and getting involved at the school.

    Initially piloted in the Springfield and Bethel school districts, KITS has expanded to a number of other area districts. Funding for the program has been provided through a collaboration between United Way of Lane County, the Springfield and Bethel School Districts, the Oregon Social Learning Center and a number of community partners, including the Springfield Education Foundation.


    Important information for the 2022 sessions  

    * When does the KITS program begin? 

    Groups will begin the week of July 4th

    When do the sessions take place and for how long?

    Groups take place three times per week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, for two hours each time. Groups happen in July and August and run for a total of 8 weeks. 

    * Locations? 

    Riverbend, Mt. Vernon, Maple, Guy Lee

    * What about Spanish only KITS?

    A Spanish-only session is offered at Guy Lee Elementary for Spanish-speaking families.

    * Transportation? 

    Limited transportation is available… you will get more details as we get closer to the start date. 

    * How do people register? 

    The best way to register is using the links above.

    * Note: Space is limited and groups fill up fast. Interested parents/guardians can email Melissa Locke.