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.
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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.
Early education advocates are encouraged by budget discussions.
The report calls for programs for all children 5 and younger.
The recommendation would cover an estimated 270,000 4-year-olds.
Districts could charge enrollment fees for families who aren't low-income.
Advocates worry nonprofit and private preschool providers will suffer.