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.
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Below are several links to additional resources to help you consider and plan TK expansion.
- California Department of Education Management Bulletin and Frequently Asked Questions on expanded funding for TK.
- California State Superintendent of Public Instruction letter to school district leaders.
- If you are a School Services of California client, it will field your fiscal questions through the “Ask SSC” feature on its website.
- School Services Expanded TK Cost-Benefit Calculator
- American Institutes for Research study showing positive outcomes for children enrolled in TK.
- Early Edge California policy brief, Getting Students Ready: Expanding Transitional Kindergarten.
- Early Edge California one-page Expanded TK Information Sheet.
- ETK One-pager for Districts and Charters.
- Early Edge Webinar on Using the ETK Cost-Benefit Calculator Webinar Recording and Presentation Slides