California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend (CTKS)

At a Glance

The 2014-2015 Budget Act allocated $15 million statewide to provide educational incentives for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) teachers and teachers in the California State Preschool Programs (CSPP) appointed after July 1, 2015 meet the minimum of 24 Early Childhood Education (ECE) credits, or a Child Development Teacher Permit, or comparable professional experience. Funding for the California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend (CTKS) project will be available through March 30, 2019 or until all available funding has been expended.

The California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend (CTKS) ends on March 31, 2019. Applications, Requests for Reimbursement including receipts and transcripts and original signed W-9 must be turned in by March 8, 2019 for payment.

Purpose

The primary purpose of these funds is to help TK teachers appointed after July 1, 2015 meet the minimum of 24 Early Childhood Education (ECE) credits, or a Child Development Teacher Permit, or comparable professional experience. Additionally, after July 1, 2015, all TK classrooms would be required to align their curriculum to the CA Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks. While current TK teachers are “grandfathered in,” any TK teachers hired after July 1, 2015, will have 5 years to meet the above requirements.

This one time only funding is administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) and disseminated statewide through Local Planning Councils (LPCs). TK teachers have first priority and CSPP teachers have second priority for reimbursement of educational and professional development expenses.

Additionally, after July 1, 2015, all TK classrooms would be required to align their curriculum to the CA Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks. While current TK teachers are “grandfathered in,” any TK teachers hired after July 1, 2015, will have 5 years to meet the above requirements.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must meet the requirements listed below and submit a completed San Mateo County CTKS Application.  

  • First Priority is intended for TK teachers hired after July 1, 2015 who are required to complete 24 ECE units before August 1, 2020.
  • Second Priority is intended for TK teachers hired before July 1, 2015.
  • Third Priority is intended for California State Preschool Program (CSPP) teachers. Actual educational expenses for CSPP teachers to complete at least 24 units in early childhood education or child development or both.
  • TK teachers must be employed and working with at least one TK student, whose 5th birthday is between September 2nd and December 2nd of the current school year, at the time of the reimbursement request.
  • CSPP teachers must work directly with CSPP students, and must be employed as a CSPP teacher at the time of the reimbursement request.
  • Only individual teachers are eligible for reimbursement for out of pocket expenses. Schools, districts, organizations or programs are not eligible for these funds.
  • Incentives will be issued for unit bearing coursework upon successful completion demonstrated by attaining a grade C or better by submitting an unofficial transcript and a completed Request for Reimbursement form, including copies of receipts for actual expenses.
  • Incentives will be issued to TK teachers for pre-approved conferences or professional development offerings upon submission of a completed Request for Reimbursement form, including copies of receipts for registration fees for conferences, workshops, trainings, and continuing education units, and a copy of the Certificate of Attendance or Completion. Professional development opportunities include but are not limited to: CDE approved trainings such as CPIN network meetings and regional trainings, SMCOE ECE related trainings, NAEYC seminars and local affiliate offerings, Early Edge TK conferences, California Kindergarten Association conferences and the Stanford University Bing Institute programs for educators. Travel, food and hotel expenses cannot be reimbursed
  • Teachers can be reimbursed for actual educational expenses (including registration costs, tuition, and required books) incurred in pursuing units in early childhood education or child development. Upgrading your personal laptop or software to assist you in successfully completing early childhood education coursework can be an allowable expense.
  • Teachers can be reimbursed over the course of the program, which expires March 31, 2019. Reimbursements are not guaranteed. Participants are to attain prior-approval before committing financially to a course of study or conference attendance for which they will seek reimbursement. Reimbursements will only be approved while funds are available.
  • The final date for reimbursement submissions for the final year 2018-19 is Friday, March 8, 2019.

Application Documents

The application consists of:  the Intent to Participate form, the CDE EESD Confidential Profile Form, a CTKS Course Authorization and Professional Development Approval Form and a completed originally signed W-9.  One application packet needs to be submitted with Course Authorization and Professional Development Approval Forms, originally signed W-9s and Requests for Reimbursement submitted annually.

Applications, Requests for Reimbursement including receipts and transcripts and original signed W-9 must be turned in by March 8, 2019 for payment.

 Submit all documentation to:      

Child Care Partnership Council - CTKS
Attn. Nirmala Dillman, Coordinator
San Mateo County Office of Education
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065

 

Questions? Contact Dalma Sato at 650-802-5344 or dsato@smcoe.org.