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Resources for those interested in the academic achievement of kindergarten through grade six public school students; includes transition-to-school guidance.

Proposed Legislation

Senate Bill 837 Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014 External link opens in new window or tab.

This is proposed legislation relating to a new transitional kindergarten, a school-year long readiness grade level that is age and developmentally appropriate for children who turn four on or before September 1 of the school year. All questions concerning this proposed legislation should be directed to SB837questions@cde.ca.gov.

Transitional Kindergarten

Resources
  1. TK Implementation Guide Announcement from State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson
    This letter announces the publication of Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide: A Resource for California Public School District Administrators and Teachers. The Implementation Guide offers resources and guidance for school district administrators and teachers to consider as they develop comprehensive TK programs.

    TK Implementation Guide (PDF)
    A resource for California early childhood educators which includes videos and classroom interviews.
    To view the videos and interviews only, select the link below:

    TK Implementation Guide: Videos and Interviews External link opens in new window or tab.
    TK Implementation YouTube Video External link opens in new window or tab.
    YouTube videos of implementation are with closed-caption for alternate accessibility.

  2. Social and Emotional Foundations of TK External link opens in new window or tab.
    A series of videos by Dr. Ross A. Thompson, a Professor of Psychology from the University of California, Davis, discussing TK as a unique opportunity to strengthen children's social and emotional development in order to succeed in school.

  3. TK Professional Development Modules-funded by Packard Foundation.
    These TK modules, which were developed by the Packard Foundation, in collaboration with county offices of education, provide strategies and resources to support the implementation of TK. An overview of The Alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with Key Early Education Resources is also included.

  4. American Institute for Research initial findings from the First Year of TK Implementation (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Through an analysis of data from a self-reporting survey of all public elementary and unified districts in California, this research brief provides an initial glimpse of TK in its first year of statewide implementation.

Kindergarten

Early Education and Elementary Resources

  1. Content Standards
    What children should learn at each grade level.

  2. Alignment of the Preschool Learning Foundations
    This online publication shows the connections that the nine domains of the preschool learning foundations have with the content of the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations, the California Content Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

  3. Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources
    Curriculum development and textbook adoptions.

  4. No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
    Updates on federal education programs.

  5. Private School Participation in NCLB Act of 2001
    State and federal guidance for public and private schools consulting about NCLB programs and services.

  6. Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs , Rev. Ed. 2009 External link opens in new window or tab.
    Sue Bredekamp and Carol Copple, Eds. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

  7. First Class: A Guide for Early Primary Education
    Excerpts from the publication, and related online resources.

  8. Desired Results Developmental Profile–School Readiness (DRDP-SR) External link opens in new window or tab.
    This link provides a valid and reliable measurement tool to assist teachers in observing, documenting, and reflecting on the learning, development and progress of both transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students. The Spanish version of the DRDP-SR Rating Record (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab. is also included.

    DRDP-SR: Online Instructional Modules
    The California Department of Education (CDE) in collaboration with the WestEd and UC Berkeley, supported by funds from the Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge Grant, created this assessment instrument to provide teachers with a valid, reliable measurement tool that will assist them to observe, document, and reflect on the learning, development and progress of their transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten students.

    DRDP-SR announcement letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators
    SSPI Tom Torlakson outlines more specifics regarding the alignment with the Common Core State Standards, and the primary purposes and availability of the DRDP-SR assessment tool.

Questions: Kathleen Halvorson | KHalvorson@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-4629 
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