If you are interested in learning more about how you can help restore and expand access to TK, please read about the variety of opportunities you can take part in, located below.
Connect with your school district and governing board
Reaching out to your district superintendent, staff, administration, and teachers is a great way to speak directly, openly, and honestly about school-related issues that matter to you. Submitting a letter to the school district is one way to share your concerns with them. You may also consider requesting a phone meeting with the superintendent to have a more focused dialogue.
Attending your school district's Governing Board Meetings is another great way to stay informed about what is being planned and happening in your district's schools. Per CSBA (California School Board Association) the role of the school board is to ensure that school districts are responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of their communities. Boards fulfill this role by performing five major responsibilities:
Establishing an effective and efficient structure
Providing community leadership as advocates for children, the school district and public schools
You can take an active part in helping set the priorities and direction of the district by sharing comments and providing feedback during school board meetings. During the public comment period for non-agenda items you may provide your comment and request for an item to be added to a future agenda. During the public comment section for agenda items, you may provide your comment on that item.
Connect with a legislative representative
Local legislative representatives are elected by the public to:
Represent constituents within their district boundaries.
Vote on bills that affect Californians across the entire state.
Write and introduce bills that affect Californians across the entire state. They must garner support (through co-sponsorships) from their colleagues to pass a bill through a committee and eventually through the whole Assembly or Senate.
Inform their constituents (through social media, in-person town halls and forums, public meetings, and direct door-to door outreach) about important bills that affect their quality of life.
Deliver resources to their constituents through the budget process.
Hold city and state agencies accountable to responding to constituent needs.
You can find your local representatives by clicking here. Each representative can be contacted directly from their webpage. You may also call their headquarters and ask for the name of their legislative aide in charge of education.
Connect with your community
Help spread the word about transitional kindergarten in your community. Many families are unaware that the program even exists simply because it is not offered at their home school. Or families do not know what transitional kindergarten is and how it can benefit them or someone they know. Create a post on your favorite social networking site with a link to this website so readers can educate themselves and connect with us to help support our efforts to restore and expand TK.
The following school districts have added transitional kindergarten to their April, 2021 governing board agendas. If you would like to submit public comment, or simply listen to the upcoming discussion, please click on the following links.
4/13/21 6 p.m.
Cardiff School District 4/15/21
Solana Beach School District 4/15/21 6:30 p.m.
4/28/21 5:45 p.m.