What Is Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is an early year kindergarten experience for children turning 5 years old between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024 of the academic year. Transitional K gives our youngest kindergartners an early start and provides them with the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment tailored to meet their academic and social-emotional needs.
California passed “The Kindergarten Readiness Act” (SB 1381), that changes the age when children are eligible to enter kindergarten.
Transitional Kindergarten serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and ensures that developmentally younger children are ready for kindergarten and beyond.
A Winning Solution for California
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) represents a true bridge between preschool and traditional kindergarten. Taught by a credentialed teacher with early childhood expertise, TK uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is aligned to the California Preschool Learning Foundations & Frameworks and is designed explicitly to support the social-emotional, physical, and academic needs of young learners. The TK environment includes many opportunities for social-emotional development, fine- and gross motor activities, and oral language development for all kinds of learners. PYLUSD’s TK program prioritizes purposeful, structured play, small-group instruction, and intentional teaching using hands-on, experiential activities. TK truly provides our youngest learners with the gift of time, enabling all students to begin traditional kindergarten ready to thrive.