For Parents

In California, it’s an exciting time to be a parent with a young child born in the fall as school districts across the state have launched a new grade – transitional kindergarten. Transitional kindergarten (TK) is a historic educational opportunity that is now part of the kindergarten experience for children born between Sept. and Dec.

What is transitional kindergarten?

Recently, a new law changed the kindergarten entry date so that kids must be 5 years old before Sept. of the year they enroll in kindergarten. It also created transitional kindergarten, a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for those kids born in the fall.

Transitional kindergarten gives young learners an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment tailored to meet their academic and social needs, providing them with the smart start they need to be confident learners in kindergarten and beyond.

All across California, school districts are offering transitional kindergarten. Call your school district today to sign up your child for TK! If your child does not meet the Dec. 2 birthday cutoff, ask your district what kindergarten readiness options exist for your child.

Learn more: What is TK? | What are the benefits of TK? | What is a high-quality TK experience?

As a parent, what do I need to know?

  • Transitional kindergarten is taught by credentialed teachers from the K-12 system, which now includes transitional kindergarten.
  • Transitional kindergarten is part of the public school system and is free for families.
  • To sign up your child for transitional kindergarten, call your local school district office or visit the school district website for more information.

Mrs. Londgren taught my son Evan how to deal with conflict using verbal expression. She taught him patience while learning the ability to sit still and listen while waiting his turn. Most importantly, she gave him the gift of loving school. She is phenomenal!

–Melissa Vernon, parent of a TK student

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Evan’s transitional kindergarten success story!

Hunter was able to focus on forming letters and learning the building blocks of literacy in an environment that fostered his social skills. Transitional kindergarten gave him a level playing field to learn side by side with his peers…

-Cheryl Lilley, parent of a TK student

Read more from Hunter’s transitional kindergarten success story!