California Department of Education Transitional Kindergarten
WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN (TK)?
- TK provides children the gift of time to learn skills that will help them build a strong foundation for success in elementary school.
- California’s Kindergarten curriculum and standards have changed over the years, and many of the skills children were once taught in First Grade are now taught in Kindergarten.
- TK serves as a bridge between Preschool and Kindergarten giving children more time for hands-on, interactive learning.
- It gives children the opportunity to spend time learning important social, emotional and academic skills that will help them succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.
- TK provides young learners with a high-quality early education at no cost to parents, to ensure that they have an opportunity to continue learning.
- It helps children adjust to the school environment and develop strong learning skills.
- TK provides young five year olds with an opportunity to start their Kindergarten experience with children their own age, and with teachers that can tailor lesson plans to their needs.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR TK IN TURLOCK THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR?
Young five year olds who turn five September 2 – December 2, 2017 and/or fall into one of three categories listed below:
- A child who needs more support with social and emotional development. This would be a child who has not had the opportunity/experiences to learn how to interact/socialize with his/her peers, and needs more support in social and emotional development.
- A child who needs more support with academic preparation. This would be a child who has not had the opportunity to go to preschool, or a child who has gone to preschool but with limited exposure or success with the preschool learning foundations. This would also be a child who has had limited exposure to enrichment activities, such as: music, art, nature, books, storytelling, verbal & oral development, etc.
- A child who needs more support with language. This would be a child who is an English Learner and needs more support with English Language Development and/or a child who can benefit from additional opportunities to develop his/her expressive and oral language.