Resources for those interested in the academic achievement of kindergarten through grade six public school students; includes transition-to-school guidance.
Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide
- Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide Announcement from State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson
This letter announces the publication of the Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide: A Resource for California Public School District Administrators and Teachers. The publication offers resources and guidance for school district administrators and teachers to consider as they develop comprehensive TK programs.
- Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide (PDF)
A resource for California early childhood educators which includes videos and classroom interviews.
To view the videos and interviews only, select a link below:
- Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide: Videos and Interviews
TK Implementation YouTube Video
YouTube videos of implementation are with closed-caption for alternate accessibility.
- Social and Emotional Foundations of TK
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.
- 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.
- California State University (CSU) TK Projects
The CSU Office of the Chancellor, in collaboration with CSU Fullerton and with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, has developed a series of modules for TK teachers, coaches, and administrators. The CSU TK Project supports the integration of TK into pre-service teacher and administrator preparation.
- American Institutes for Research (AIR): California’s Transitional Kindergarten Program: Report on the First Year of Implementation: Executive Summary
AIR: Study of California’s Transitional Kindergarten Program: Report on the First Year of Implementation
With the support of the Heising-Simons Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, AIR conducted an investigation of the planning and implementation of TK in the 2012–13 school year.
- Dr. Patricia Wolfe Introduction
The Amazing Developing Brain, Part 1
The Amazing Developing Brain, Part 2
The 2013–14 Transitional Kindergarten Conference was held in Pasadena, California, on May 1, 2014. Dr. Patricia Wolfe presented the keynote presentation on brain development in the early years, and enlightened listeners with her thoughts, dispelling common misconceptions and providing practical advice on how educators can make the most of the marvelous opportunity to educate young children.
- Early Edge California
Early Edge California works to ensure all children have the early experiences necessary to be successful learners. The advocacy organization focuses on the earliest and most foundational steps on the path to college and careers–from birth to 3rd grade.
- Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators
The National Center for Learning Disabilities and the American Federation of Teachers have collaborated to offer a comprehensive resource for educators that includes tools and materials to help implement strategies to facilitate and enhance children’s transition to kindergarten.
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- Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 19-Sep-2014)
Frequently asked questions regarding California state law relating to kindergarten.
- Kindergarten in California
California state law and information regarding admission to kindergarten.
- Extended-Day Kindergarten
Letter from Jack O'Connell to County and District Superintendents regarding extended-day kindergarten within an early primary program:
length of school day (AB 2407 [Chapter946, Statutes of 2004])
- California Kindergarten Association
The mission of the California Kindergarten Association is to foster the development of the whole child by promoting best practices in teaching and learning.
Early Education and Elementary Resources
Desired Results Developmental Profile–School Readiness (DRDP-SR)
- Desired Results Developmental Profile–School Readiness (DRDP-SR)
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.
- 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.
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