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Promoting Successful Home-to-School Transitions for Military Families with Young Children

November 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Elementary school students walking into school

About This Webinar

This webinar will focus on promoting positive transitions from home to school and from school to school (e.g., during a move) for young children and their families. The presenters will identify important transitions that occur during early childhood including moving from home to school or school to school and discuss what research indicates regarding how these transitions play a role in children’s socioemotional and cognitive development. The challenges that exist within these transitions will be identified.

Presenters will describe and promote participant discussion of a range of research-based strategies for military families and caregivers/teachers to promote effective home-to-school/school-to-school transitions, strategies that promote positive socioemotional or cognitive development prior to, during, and after a transition. These will include how to connect with schools/teachers from a distance, moving, creating routines within transitions. The presentation will include a question and answer session immediately following.

Learning objectives

  • Identify important transitions that exist for children birth to age 8
  • Describe how transitions can influence young children’s socioemotional and cognitive development
  • Identify and articulate the benefit of strategies for promoting positive home-to-school/school-to-school transitions for young children


Mitzi Ziegner, M.Ed.
Associate Chairperson & Director, Great Plains IDEA degree program
Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Texas Tech University.

Gayle Luze, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education
Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Iowa State University.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit and Certificate of Completion

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Continuing Education

  • 1.0 CE credit for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
    • Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK
  • 1.0 CE credit / 0.1 Contact Hours from the National Council on Family Relations to Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE)
  • CEUs for early interventionists are no longer available for this event.
  • Certificate of completion is available for providers interested in documenting their training and professional development.

Event Materials

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Resources (PDF)

Supporting Children in Daily Transitions

Blog post: The Highly Mobile, but Very Resilient: Identifying and Addressing School- and Transition-Related Needs of Military Youth, by Jennifer Rea, PhD

Blog post: Promoting Successful Transitions for Military Families with Young Children , by Hope K. Gerde, PhD

Infographic: Highly Mobile, but Very Resilient [Military Youth]



Photo attribution: “SchoolStudentsGPEIBLS_1677x_CPEI” by Government of Prince Edward Island is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


November 6, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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