Transitional kindergarten (TK) is one of the first steps California’s youngest schoolchildren take in their academic careers – and new updates to education policy now make it possible to serve more children in TK! On TKCalifornia, you can learn more about the Expanded TK opportunity, as well as valuable, easy to use support and tips for teaching and administering high-quality TK that will get your students off to a strong start!
As a TK teacher, you can nurture confident, enthusiastic school children by providing a high-quality experience during this critical period of their development. In our teaching tools, you will find key elements of instruction and best practices for classroom planning, social-emotional development, English language arts, mathematics, English language development and family engagement.
As an administrator, it is your planning efforts that will ensure all aspects of implementation are addressed, and will lead to high-quality results for your staff and students. In this section, you will find a roadmap to guide your planning for useful strategies in funding, communications, operations, supporting teachers, assessment and family engagement.
The 2016-17 budget approved by the Legislature on June 15 does not include the Governor's proposal to merge early childhood program funding into a block grant and eliminate transitional kindergarten. Throughout the budget hearing process, the Legislature strongly rejected the proposal.
Thank you to the K-12, early childhood, equity, faith, business, labor and public safety leaders, and the more than3,200 mothers, educators, and other Californians who stood by TK for as many as 125,000 young children and their families.
Governor Brown must sign a final budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1, 2016.