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Under the law, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten experience. Therefore, your district will receive the same full California Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding rate for TK students that you receive for all Kindergarten students. Children who are eligible to attend TK in the year that they enroll will receive ADA from the first day of school. Children who are not yet eligible to attend under the state’s implementation timeline but who are admitted by their school district as part of an Expanded TK (ETK) program, will begin generating ADA on their fifth birthday. Children admitted under ETK are not included in a district’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) supplemental and concentration grant formula until their second year of enrollment.1 Since TK is considered the first year of a two-year Kindergarten program, any other funding (federal, state, or local) that is available for Kindergarten may also be used to support TK.
The 2022-23 State Budget rebenched the Proposition 98 guarantee to fund the expansion of TK. Additionally, the Budget included a Local Control Funding Formula add-on for TK which will cover the cost of lowering student-adult ratios to 12:1.
ESSER funds can be used for any activity authorized by the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Perkins Act, or McKinley-Vento Act. For these purposes, any funding available to Kindergarten students would be available for TK. Some allowable uses of these funds include:
The Expanded Learning Opportunity Grants can be used for a variety of flexible supports to help students succeed. Some examples of possible uses include:
Funding adjusted to 65 percent of the base grant with the condition that the funds be used to increase the number of credentialed or classified staff who provide direct services to pupils at high-poverty schools compared to low-poverty schools in a Local Education Agency.
The Pre-Kindergarten Planning and Implementation Grant program funding can be used for costs associated with expanding TK enrollment. Funds are broken into two programs that were created in the 2021-22 State Budget:
|1||School Services of California Inc. Implementing Universal TK–The Nuts and Bolts. Webinar (Nov. 9, 2021).|