School Readiness Parent Support: COVID-19 Best Practices and Lessons Learned

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,7
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. collectively brainstorm and establish key takeaways and positive changes from COVID-19 and school closures that will aid participants in identifying future steps to most effectively collaborate with parents to prepare incoming kindergarteners for school readiness.
  2. teach and learn from each other about effective methods that practitioners used during COVID-19 and school closures to connect with and support parents in cultivating their children’s kindergarten readiness at home.
  3. identify strategies and activities that parents may utilize at home to support their children in the essential domains of kindergarten readiness.
  4. better understand lessons learned from successes, obstacles, and challenges that practitioners encountered while working to engage remotely with parents during school closures.


School readiness is foundational to school success, and parents play an integral role in their children’s development and preparation for kindergarten, especially during COVID-19-related school closures. Practitioners will discuss strategies that they have utilized to support parents in cultivating children’s kindergarten readiness at home, including what worked well, what obstacles they faced, what lessons they learned, and what future steps practitioners can take to optimally prepare parents of preschoolers for kindergarten readiness.



Emily R. Edelman, University of California, Santa Barbara
Samira A. Amirazizi, University of California, Santa Barbara


Matthew Quirk, Erin Dowdy


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