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Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional kindergarten (TK) is a special program designed for students who turn 5 in the fall – and are not quite old enough to enroll in traditional kindergarten. A child is eligible for TK if they have their 5th birthday between September 2 and December 2 (inclusive).

TK is designed as the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. A child who completes one year in a TK program, may continue in a kindergarten program for one additional year. Each elementary or unified school district must offer TK classes for all children eligible to attend.

Parents who are interested in this opportunity for their eligible children may contact their local school or district for TK information specific to their location.

Additional TK Information and Resources


CDE - Transitional Kindergarten webpage (CDE) – Collection of resources and links (e.g. FAQs, TK and K eligibility/admissions, early admission to TK, amendments, etc.). 

Transitional Kindergarten FAQs (CDE) –Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding California state law relating to kindergarten 

TK California – (Early Edge Organization) – Website with information and resources

District Implementation

Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide (CCSESA, 2015) - Resources and guidance for administrators and teachers in the areas of program design, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and family/community partnerships 

TK Professional Resource Guide for Administrators (CCSSEA) - An annotated list of accessible online resources to support TK. 

Parent Engagement Toolkit 

TK Parent Brochure Template – District may customize to their program specifics

TK and the California Content Standards and Frameworks

TK Teacher Support

TK - Teacher Requirements (CDE FAQs): Information on the credentialing and additional requirements for TK Teachers.

TK - Online Professional Learning Modules: The California Department of Education and Sacramento County Office of Education have developed free Transitional Kindergarten online Professional Learning Modules to support TK teachers and administrators.  Participants may also obtain continuing learning credit.  The modules and courses are free; however, there is a cost for obtaining continuing education units (CEUs) if desired.

Archived Resources 

TK Workgroup – Resources for Implementation (SDCOE, 2012): Developed by educators from across San Diego County to support early implementation of TK, and includes:

  • Preschool foundations and Common Core State Standards
  • Teacher Tips for CCSS – ELA and Mathematics
  • Reporting and Assessment Resources