Join us Sunday, November 10th at 4:30 p.m. for The Early Link Podcast: Season 1, Episode 7, featuring host Rafael Otto. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at

In this week’s episode, Host Rafael Otto talks with Dr. Beth Tarasawa about the Early Kindergarten Transition program and the corresponding five-year study.


Dr. Beth Tarasawa – manager for education research partnerships at the Northwest Evaluation Association and lead researcher on the study


With school back in session, many young children are just getting to know their kindergarten classrooms. To help with the transition, school districts in Multnomah County have offered an Early Kindergarten Transition program to students who have not had preschool or have a primary language other than English.

Known as the EKT program, a new five-year study found that students who participated in the three-week intervention showed higher attendance rates and early literacy skills over time.

Read the paper in the Journal of Applied Research on Children: Leveraging University-School District Research Partnerships: Exploring the Longitudinal Effects of an Early Kindergarten Transition Program


Rafael Otto, Director of Communications, Children’s Institute

~ Thanks to Children’s Institute, working to ensure that every Oregon child has the best start in life ~

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