Transitional Kindergarten

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A bridge between preschool and kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) prepares the youngest preschool students for educational success. The California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) provides professional development opportunities, resources and other assistance for educators and schools engaged in TK programs.

Created by the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. Children who turn 5 years old between September 2 and December 2 are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten. School districts are required to offer TK programs as an option for these students.


From the California Department of Education (CDE):

Transitional Kindergarten frequently asked questions

Kindergarten in California

CDE publications:

Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide

The Alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with Common Core and Key Early Education Resources

California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Vol. 1

California Preschool Learning Foundations, Vol. 1

Other Resources:

TKCalifornia website

TK Professional Development Modules from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association

SB 1381: Kindergarten Age (2010)

Text of SB 1381