What is Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is an early year kindergarten experience for children turning 5 years old between September 2 and December 2. TK 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. Under this law, beginning in 2014-15, children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in traditional kindergarten.
Beginning in 2014-15, a child is automatically eligible for only TK if his or her 5th birthday occurs between September 2nd and December 2nd. TK serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and ensures that developmentally younger children are ready for kindergarten and beyond.
Upon parent request, children with earlier birthdays may attend TK on a space-available basis. Preppy K is part of the public school system and is free to participating students.
A Winning Solution for California
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 based on the Common Core Kindergarten standards but is designed explicitly to support the social-emotional, physical, and academic needs of young five year olds. The TK environment includes many opportunities for social-emotional development, fine- and gross-motor activities, and oral language development for all kinds of learners, including those with special needs. PYLUSD’s TK program prioritizes purposeful, structured play, small-group instruction, and intentional teaching using hands-on, experiential activities. TK truly provides our youngest Kindergartners with the gift of time, enabling all students to begin traditional kindergarten ready to thrive.
For additional information please see Transitional Kindergarten FAQs.