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.
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.
The report finds students were academically up to five months ahead of their peers.
State would have been required to provide preschool to all low-income children.
Preschool teachers receive less pay and training than their K-12 counterparts.
Programs are aimed at children who turn 5 after the usual Dec. 2 cutoff date for transitional kindergarten.
Younger children would be eligible to enroll in the program.