TK in the News

EdSource Roundtable—Universal Transitional Kindergarten: What parents need to know

Publication: EdSource
Date: September 2021

Quality early childhood education is a key factor in preparing children for success in school and beyond. Advocates have long pushed to increase access to early learning in California, a state with almost 3 million children under the age of 5.

Now, amid a pandemic and President Biden championing universal preschool, universal transitional kindergarten, or TK, is poised to become a reality in California’s education space.

The state’s new $2.7 billion TK program will be phased in beginning in 2022, until it includes all of the state’s four-year-olds by the 2025-26 school year.

Providers, advocates and policymakers explore the importance and impact of early education and how TK fits into the journey between preschool and kindergarten.