Mrs. Emenger / Transitional KindergartenWhat 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.
Pursuant to law, (EC 48000[c]), a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will
have his or her fifth birthday between:2013 - 2014 School YearChildren who turn five years oldwithin October, November, and Decemberwill be placed in the Transitional Kindergarten ProgramFor the 2013–14 school year October 2 and December 22014 - 2015 School YearChildren who turn five years oldwithin September, October, November, and Decemberwill be placed in the Transitional Kindergarten ProgramFor the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter September 2 and December 2.
Transitional kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and gives students a head start that will yield huge payoffs in future academic success. TK provides the gift of time that will help students build a strong foundation for success in elementary school. One out of every four kindergarten students in California will benefit from transitional kindergarten. TK will serve 125,000 students each year.
TK is a win-win-win for children, families and schools.
- Children are better prepared to succeed.
- Families have an additional option to ensure their children enter kindergarten with the maturity, confidence and skills they need to excel.
- Schools benefit because children will be better prepared to succeed academically and less likely to be placed in special education or held back in later grades.
Research shows that the return on early investments in education is substantial. According to Deborah Stipek, professor at the Stanford University School of Education, “the cost is paid back many times over in reduced grade retention, special education services and in lower expenditures for incarceration. Returns also come in the form of the increased productivity that results from higher levels of academic achievement and high school completion rates.”The Transitional Kindergarten Library, a vast source of information about transitional kindergarten in California. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/specialcoverage/babysteps/resources.jsp#sthash.EB4yg6s3.dpuf