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An Intervention Programme to Facilitate the Preschool Transition in Mexico

Urbina Garcia, Angel


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Dr Angel Urbina Garcia
Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and Lecturer in Early Childhood


Over the last two decades there has been a growing interest in promoting a smooth transition to the first grade of primary school, given the potential long-term change this can have in preschool children at an academic and personal level. Research shows that psycho-educational interventions help improve children’s academic and personal skills, lessening the effects of this challenging period. The effectiveness of transition-related interventions has been mainly focused on developed economies, such as Australia, the US, the UK, Italy, Hong Kong, etc. However, there is limited evidence regarding how this type of intervention could support stakeholders in developing economies, such as Latin America. The Latin American region displays some of the lowest rates of academic performance and highest rates of social inequality in the world, making this region a priority in the international research agenda. This study sought to explore the efficacy of an intervention programme to facilitate this transition in Mexico City. Findings provide evidence of the positive impact of the preschool transition-intervention programme on children’s cognitive, social and fine motor skills, as well as in the frequency with which preschool teachers (PT) and the teaching assistants (TA) use transition practices that promote literacy in preparation for the first grade of primary school. Parents reported that the quality and closeness of the primary school were the main factors to consider when choosing the primary school that their child will attend. Parents reported that promoting academic skills in their child is essential to prepare them for this transition. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.


Urbina Garcia, A. (2020). An Intervention Programme to Facilitate the Preschool Transition in Mexico. Frontiers in Education, 5, Article 95.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 26, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 7, 2020
Publication Date 2020-07
Deposit Date May 26, 2020
Publicly Available Date May 28, 2020
Journal Frontiers in Education
Electronic ISSN 2504-284X
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Article Number 95
Keywords Preschool transition; Intervention programme; Primary school transition; Mexican children; Teachers’ transition practices
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