What is Transitional Kindergarten?
Effective January 2012, California law requires a child to be five years old between October 2, 2013 & December 2, 2013 to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2013-2014 year. The law also requires that school districts offer a one-year Transitional Kindergarten program that will serve as the bridge to Kindergarten. This program provides the “gift of time” for younger students to engage in a rich early educational experience and is part of a two-year kindergarten program that is designed to ensure ongoing academic success. Transitional Kindergarten classes will be in place at selected sites throughout our District.
When Ryan first began transitional kindergarten, he had trouble focusing in class and struggled to write many words. After just a few months, Ryan’s focus is much better and he is now able to write sentences. “He feels so much more confident now,” says his mother, Monica. “Transitional kindergarten was
a perfect fit for him.”