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.
California's school year will begin with fewer Covid protocols, universal transitional kindergarten, more afterschool programs and community schools, and later start times for older students.
LAUSD and other school districts nationwide are still trying to figure out the whereabouts of children who did not return to school after the pandemic.
California can create a national model for expanding educational opportunities for students and crafting groundbreaking policies that serve to properly identify and serve dual language students.
The $128 billion total for schools and community colleges gives a big boost for the funding formula and after-school programs, with a promise for an expansion of Cal Grants for college assistance.
California must expand and support access to child care options even as transitional kindergarten rolls out.
State commission hopes new credential will help attract thousands of teachers for transitional kindergarten; literacy advocates press for strong literacy standards.
The 2022-23 school year will be the first year of several planned expansions to TK eligibility as Los Angeles Unified strives to make it accessible for all 4-year-olds.
Growing California's supply of toddler care options, particularly subsidized preschool, helps the state’s working families, experts say.
Today's kindergarten is not the same kindergarten parents and guardians experienced when they went to school, some teachers say. Today's kindergarten is really more like first grade.
Advocates say the expansion of transitional kindergarten is an opportunity to offer high-quality preschool to more children who speak a language other than English at home.
Universal transitional kindergarten will essentially become California’s version of a universal preschool program, available to all 4-year-olds regardless of income.
The EdSource roundtable included policymakers, researchers, advocates and a transitional kindergarten teacher, who discussed the expansion of TK.
Parent advocates: Early-education programs such as transitional kindergarten can shrink the California achievement gap.
Experts say making a year of pre-kindergarten available to all 4-year-olds is a watershed achievement in the early education space.
This is much work still to be done to ensure the pre-K entitlement will narrow, rather than reinforce, gaps in children’s early learning.