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Publication: The Sacramento Bee
Date: December 2022
Hundreds of thousands of California parents will get a new choice over the next few years: Whether to enroll their 4-year-old in state-funded transitional kindergarten.
The program builds on a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed last year that phases in universal transitional kindergarten at California schools. By fall 2025, all California 4-year-olds will be eligible for TK.
Supporters of the plan say the $2.7 billion expansion will better prepare children for kindergarten. The new grade is also an opportunity for parents to get their children into schools sooner, which can help cut day care costs for working parents.