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Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide

Resources for California early childhood educators which include videos, research briefs, reports, and toolkits around Transitional Kindergarten (TK).

Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide

  • The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on California Students (AIR Study report) External link opens in new window or tab.
    The California Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 established TK, the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. The bill phased in the required age for kindergarten from December 2 to September 1. This final report from the TK’s evaluation focuses on results from a five-year study. The study used a rigorous regression discontinuity design to examine whether TK, as a new approach to pre-kindergarten education for age-eligible children, leads to positive outcomes, for which children, and under what conditions.
  • Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators External link opens in new window or tab.
    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.
  • Board of Education Waiver Requests
    Letter from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson presenting the updated waiver request requirements for kindergarten and TK.
Questions:   Universal PreKindergarten Support | UPK@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Friday, August 18, 2023
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