A Strong Start for Young Learners
What is Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten is a bridge between preschool and Kindergarten for children turning 5 years old between September 2nd and December 2nd. It gives young learners a head start and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs.
Is part of the public school system and is free for families
Uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is based on the
Kindergarten/ PreSchool Learning Foundation Standards
Is designed to support young 4 and 5 year olds
Is taught by credentialed teachers.
Who Attends Transitional Kindergarten?
The California Legislature passed a law to change the age when children can begin Kindergarten. Under this law, children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1st to enroll in Kindergarten. Previously, children could be enrolled in Kindergarten if they turned 5 years old by December 2nd. While this change of a few months may seem small, it can mean a big difference during these early years when children are rapidly growing and developing. The law also created Transitional Kindergarten, so the children who will be affected by this change – those with birthdays between September 2nd and December 2nd – will have an opportunity to continue building their skills and abilities. Their time in Transitional Kindergarten will help them to succeed in Kindergarten and become leaders in the classroom.
In our district and throughout the state, Transitional Kindergarten will be offered to children turning 5 years old between September 2nd and December 2nd to give them an opportunity to develop the social and academic skills and the confidence that will help them succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.
What Happens in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom?
In Transitional Kindergarten, teachers help children develop social skills through activities that build confidence and communication. They also expose children to reading and math in an exciting, interactive way by using educational games to teach children about words and sentences and help them understand mathematical concepts such as counting and patterns.
More about our Transitional Kindergarten Program:
Classroom facility and teacher: Transitional Kindergarteners have their own classroom with their own teacher.
Length of school day: They go to school every day for three hours and twenty five minutes.
Shared activities: They participate in all kindergarten activities such as music and art throughout the year.
Curriculum and learning: They will learn important new skills: letter/sound recognition, language development, concepts of print, develop number sense and develop fine motor skills. All of these critical concepts will help them adjust to elementary school.
Learning environment: Our TK classrooms are busy with activities and conversations filled with the excitement of small groups composed of children building similar skills together while placing emphasis on sensory based learning experiences.
Why is Transitional Kindergarten Good for Kids?
Transitional Kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn in an enriching and academically challenging environment that nurtures their growth. Research shows that children who attend kindergarten readiness programs like Transitional Kindergarten are more likely to do well in school and attend college.
“Transitional Kindergarten gives students the gift of time.”