Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law, EC 48000(c), a child is eligible for TK if a child will have his or her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 (inclusive).
The Kindergarten Readiness Act, signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2010, changed the kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1. A child is admitted to a kindergarten maintained by a school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1 (EC 48000[a]).
Transitional kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and provides the gift of time that will give students a head start for future academic success. Transitional Kindergarten is taught by credentialed teachers who provide a curriculum that supports children’s social-emotional and language development, as well as providing a strong foundation for the development of academic skills. The TK curriculum integrates the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards.
From 2012–2015, with the generous support of the Heising-Simons Foundation, SMCOE worked closely with San Mateo County school districts to support the implementation of TK and to provide training, coaching and consultation to TK teachers.