Walnut Valley Unified introduces transitional kindergarten program

12.27.2011 | Contra Costa Times | Will Bigham

The Walnut Valley Unified School District along with districts throughout California are preparing for a new transitional kindergarten program that will begin in the 2012-2013 school year.

The program, which comes before traditional kindergarten, is for students who turn five years old between Sept. 1 and Dec. 2.

The introduction of transitional kindergarten comes as the state is preparing to change the date – currently Dec. 1 – by which a child must turn five in order to be eligible for kindergarten.

The date will change to Nov. 1 for the 2012-13 school year, to Oct. 1 for the 2013-14 school year, and to Sept. 1 for the 2014-15 school year.

Walnut Valley Unified, which includes schools in Walnut and Diamond Bar, will hold five informational meetings this month for parents interested in enrolling their children in the program.

“Transitional kindergarten will provide our young learners with the gift of time by giving them the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their developmental, emotional, academic and social needs,” said Jackie Brown, director of educational services.

“As educators we are pleased that we can now give our youngest students a bridging year to grow as well as academically to be ready to meet the standards of kindergarten.”

Informational meeting schedule:

Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., Walnut Valley Unified District Office, Board Room, at 880 S. Lemon Ave., in Walnut.

Jan. 18, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Castle Rock Elementary School, 2975 Castle Rock Road, Diamond Bar.

Jan. 19, 9 a.m. and 6:30p.m., Vejar Elementary School, 20222 Vejar Road, Walnut.

Reach Will via email, call him at 909-483-8553. Get the latest education news updates on Twitter @InlandEd.

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