What is Transitional Kindergarten?

  • 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)


    The Benefits of Transitional Kindergarten

    TK is a win-win-win for children, families and schools.

    • Children are better prepared to succeed.
    • Families have an additional option to ensure their children enter kindergarten with the maturity, confidence and skills they need to excel.
    • Schools benefit because children will be better prepared to succeed academically and less likely to be placed in special education or held back in later grades.

    As a Parent, What Do I Need to Know?

    • Transitional kindergarten is taught by credentialed teachers from the K-12 system, which now includes transitional kindergarten.
    • Transitional kindergarten is part of the public school system and is free for families.
    • To register, go to your school of residence and let the office know that you would like to register for Transitional Kindergarten. To find your school of residence, use our School Locator on the Enrollment tab of this website.