Policy – x
Adopted – 6/28/2012
Revised – 3/07/2013
The Governing Board desires to offer a high-quality transitional kindergarten program for eligible children who do not yet meet the minimum age criterion for kindergarten. The program shall assist children in developing the academic, social, and emotional skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
The District’s Transitional Kindergarten shall be the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.
The Board encourages ongoing collaboration among district preschool staff, other preschool providers, elementary teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
The District’s Transitional Kindergarten program shall admit children whose fifth birthday lies between September 2 and December 2 in the 2013/14 school year and each school year thereafter.
Parents/guardians of eligible children shall be notified of the availability of this program and the age, residency, and any other enrollment requirements. Enrollment in the transitional kindergarten program shall be voluntary.
Curriculum and Instruction
The District’s Transitional Kindergarten program shall be based on a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.
Upon recommendation by the Superintendent or designee, the Board shall approve academic standards for transitional kindergarten that bridge preschool learning foundations and kindergarten standards. Such standards shall be designed to facilitate students’ development in essential skills which may include, as appropriate, language and literacy, mathematics, physical development, the arts, science, social sciences, English language development, and social-emotional development.
The number of instructional minutes offered in transitional kindergarten shall be the same as that required for the district’s kindergarten program.
Transitional kindergarten students may be placed in the same classrooms as kindergarten students when necessary, provided that the instructional program is differentiated to meet student needs.
Teachers assigned to teach in transitional kindergarten classes shall possess a teaching credential or permit that authorizes instruction at the kindergarten grade level.
The Superintendent or designee may provide professional development as needed to ensure that transitional kindergarten teachers are knowledgeable about district standards and effective instructional methods for teaching young children.
Continuation to Kindergarten
Students who complete the transitional kindergarten program shall be eligible to continue in kindergarten the following school year. Parents/guardians of such students shall not be required to submit a signed parental permission form for kindergarten attendance.
A student shall not attend more than two years in a combination of transitional kindergarten and kindergarten. (Education Code 46300)
The Superintendent or designee shall develop or identify appropriate assessments of transitional kindergarten students’ development and progress. He/she shall monitor and regularly report to the Board regarding program implementation and the progress of students in meeting related academic standards.
8973 Extended-day kindergarten
44258.9 Assignment monitoring by county office of education
46111 Kindergarten, hours of attendance
46114-46119 Minimum school day, kindergarten
46300 Computation of average daily attendance, inclusion of kindergarten and transitional kindergarten
48000 Minimum age of admission (kindergarten)
48002 Evidence of minimum age required to enter kindergarten or first grade
48200 Compulsory education, starting at age six
60605.8 Academic Content Standards Commission, development of Common Core Standards
Transitional Kindergarten, Issue Brief, July 2011
CALIFORNIA COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTS EDUCATIONAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Planning Guide: A Resource for Administrators of California Public School Districts, November 2011
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Transitional Kindergarten FAQs
California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Vol. 1, 2010
California Preschool Learning Foundations, Vol. 1, 2008
Prekindergarten Learning Development Guidelines, 2000
First Class: A Guide for Early Primary Education, 1999
COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING PUBLICATIONS
11-08 Transitional Kindergarten Assignments, Credential Information Alert, August 25, 2011
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association: http://www.ccsesa.org
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
California Kindergarten Association: http://www.ckanet.org
Commission on Teacher Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov
Transitional Kindergarten California: http://www.tkcalifornia.org