What is TK?

"Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society." Maria Montessori
What is TK?


Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is an educational program that allows young learners to prepare for kindergarten.

To ensure students begin kindergarten at age 5, California passed The Kindergarten Readiness Act in 2010, changing the birthday entry date for kindergarteners from December 2 to September 1. In addition, the act established Transitional Kindergarten (TK), defined as the first year of a two-year kindergarten program, for students whose birthdays fall between September 2 and December 2. 

In 2015 the law was amended to allow districts to enroll 4 year olds even if they turn 5 after the December cutoff date.

According to TOOTRiS.com, an online hub for early education resources, "transitional kindergarten... is a part of the public school system, meaning you will be able to have this feature without having to look elsewhere. Since transitional kindergarten comes after preschool, those children who are enrolled can begin regular kindergarten classes the following year when they hit the age requirements. However...you are not required to have your child attend if you choose not to or if you feel like they are not ready yet. The curriculum is generally a modified version of what your child would have experienced in an actual kindergarten setting. When it comes to transitional kindergarten, the TK environment is a mixture of preschool and pre-kindergarten. It strategically uses play along with classroom organization and learning centers to prepare children for their futures."

What are the benefits of TK?

According to TKCalifornia.org

"Transitional kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and gives students the gift of time that will help them build a strong foundation for future school success. It blends social and emotional experience with academic learning, so that students not only learn essential pre-literacy, pre-math, and other cognitive skills, but also develop social and self-regulation skills needed to succeed in school and life."

According to TOOTRis.com

"Transitional Kindergarten...gives children...the ability to work on developing their fundamental skills to be fully prepared for school when they reach the appropriate age." And while TK is not mandatory, " it will powerfully enhance your child’s skillsets if they are ready for school but missed the kindergarten age cut off."