Kids In Transition to School

  • KITS is an early childhood program available to Springfield families in Guy Lee, Maple, Riverbend and Mt. Vernon and Two Rivers–Dos Ríos elementary school communities. The Two Rivers-Dos Ríos program is currently housed at Maple Elementary School. 

    Host schools, including TRDR, get priority enrollment, with the other Title schools also having access as space allows in the KITS classroom. 

    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. 
    • After school begins, the groups continue to meet for four more Saturdays in September. 
    • 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 and 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 2019 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, for two hours each time. Groups happen in July and August. There will be 3-4 additional groups to help families transition into Kindergarten in September. 

    * Locations? 

    Riverbend, Mt. Vernon, Maple (Maple and Two Rivers-Dos Ríos students), Guy Lee (Page and Guy Lee students attend here). 

    * What about Spanish only KITS?

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

    * Transportation? 

    Busing is available to students and parents (with completed background checks) within the boundary lines of the eligible schools. 

    District transportation is only available to the host schools, plus TRDR and Page. 

    * How do people register? 

    The best way to register is at each school. Alternatively, families can sign up on the KITS website at

    * Note: Space is limited and groups fill up fast. Interested parents/guardians can email Dave Hulbert at or call him at Walterville 541-744-6415.


  • KITS Contact Information

    Interested parents/guardians can email or call Dave Hulbert
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    Sign-ups for this free program are available at the schools' spring open house events.