Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten is a program that primarily affects the age that children can enroll in Kindergarten in the state of California. Transitional Kindergarten is not for all families and the program that is offered at your local school district will vary. The goal of the program is that children are eventually five years old before they go to kindergarten.

The following information is from the CA Dept of Education.

What is the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010?

Senate Bill (SB) 1381 changes the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade and established a transitional kindergarten program beginning in the 2012–2013 school year. You are not required to enroll in a transitional kindergarten program for your child.

What is the minimum age for admittance to kindergarten in California?

A child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained by the school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before one of the following dates (EC 48000[a]):

For the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter the date is Sept 1.

What is transitional kindergarten?

A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.

How many years can a district claim apportionment for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten?

Pursuant to law (EC 46300[g]), districts may claim apportionment for a child for not more than two years in kindergarten or two years in a combination of transitional kindergarten and kindergarten.

Can a district claim apportionment for transitional kindergarten if it does not use a modified curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate?

In order to claim apportionment for transitional kindergarten, districts must use a modified curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. California law (EC 48000) defines transitional kindergarten as β€œthe first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.”

How many minutes does a transitional kindergarten program have to offer?

The number of required instructional minutes for transitional kindergarten is 600 hours per year. The minimum length of instructional time that must be offered to constitute a school day is 3 hours per day.

How long is the transitional kindergarten day?

By statute, the maximum school day in kindergarten is four hours. An exception to this statute allows schools that have adopted an early primary program (extended-day kindergarten) to exceed four hours .