Transitional kindergarten is a publicly funded pre-kindergarten year for California students who turn 5 in the first few months of the school year. Elementary schools are required to offer transitional kindergarten to all eligible students.
Some states have successfully expanded both access and the quality of their preschool programs. Here’s what some early learning advocates and researchers say California could learn from them.
The $1 billion program was implemented in less than two months.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduced three bills this week, one to expand spaces for public preschool for low-income 4-year-olds, one to improve preschool facilities and one to increase reimbursement for preschool programs.
Transitional kindergarten was introduced after a 2010 California law changed the cutoff birth date for kindergarten entry from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1.
English learners in transitional kindergarten show significant gains.
Researchers found kindergartners who had attended transitional kindergarten are better prepared than those who had attended preschool or had not been in a formal preschool program.
Superintendent emphasizes the importance of health.
Researchers find achievement gap at kindergarten is narrowing
Stand-alone transitional kindergarten classes are now more common in California.
Early education and childcare advocates press their opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget.
State education officials have extended the deadline for counties to distribute teacher stipends.
In his latest early education budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown proposes the same as he did before.
Not enough teachers are signing up for the program.
Half of the districts are offering only stand-alone classes for transitional kindergartners.