• Mrs. Emenger /  Transitional Kindergarten

    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.
    Pursuant to law, (EC 48000[c]), a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will
    have his or her fifth birthday between:
     What are the benefits of TK?

    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. 

    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