Recently, a new law changed the kindergarten entry date so that kids must be 5 years old before September of the year they enroll in kindergarten. The program is being phased in over several years. For admission to kindergarten in the 2015-2016 academic year, children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015.
The new law also created transitional kindergarten, a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for kids born between September 2 and December 1.
Transitional kindergarten gives young learners an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment tailored to meet their academic and social needs, providing them with the smart start they need to be confident learners in kindergarten and beyond.
Transitional kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and gives students a head start that will yield huge payoffs in future academic success.
TK provides the gift of time that will help students build a strong foundation for success in elementary school. (Source: http://www.preschoolcalifornia.org)
TK is a win-win-win for children, families and schools.