Expanded Transitional Kindergarten Funding

As part of a clarification in the 2015-16 budget bill, school districts across California now have another local option to get more 4 year olds ready for kindergarten: expanding transitional kindergarten. Expanded TK is a flexible and cost-effective local option for school districts to offer school readiness opportunities to children who otherwise would not be able to enroll in TK, and who might not have access to other preschool programs in their community. For districts that choose to implement Expanded TK, Early Edge California will act as a resource on providing a high-quality and developmentally appropriate experience, as it has since the launch of TK in 2012.

On December 17, 2015, Early Edge California and the California Department of Education (CDE) hosted a webinar that provided an overview of expanded transitional kindergarten funding. On the webinar, the CDE provided an overview of how Expanded TK works, School Services of California gave a preview of upcoming fiscal tools for districts to model TK expansion options and costs, and information was presented on district experiences with TK expansion.

Click here for the
webinar recording
Click here for the
presentation slides

Below are several links to additional resources to help you consider and plan TK expansion.


Learn with Us

Early Edge California would like to learn more about individual districts’ knowledge of ETK and their plans for use of new funds that support ETK. We are asking early education administrators to take a moment to complete a brief survey about ETK.

This survey is an opportunity for district administrators to tell us about the types of resources and support that will be most helpful. Your responses to these questions will not be published.