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The California State Preschool, Transitional, Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program was established by Assembly Bill 1808, the Education Finance: Education Omnibus Trailer Bill, and was approved by the Governor and chaptered June 27, 2018. The General Fund appropriated $100,000,000 in one-time grants for the construction of new classrooms or the retrofit of existing facilities for the purpose of providing full-day kindergarten instruction.

The California State Preschool, Transitional, Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program was expanded by Assembly Bill 130, the Education Finance: Education Omnibus Trailer Bill, and was approved by the Governor and chaptered July 9, 2021. The expanded program includes the addition of California Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten funding eligibility. The General Fund appropriated $490,000,000 in one-time grants for the construction of new classrooms or the retrofit of existing facilities for the purpose of providing California preschool, transitional kindergarten or full-day kindergarten instruction.

On February 3, 2022, the California Department of Education in collaboration with the Office of Public School Construction and the Division of the State Architect, provided a workshop with a specific focus on the program. For the recording webinar, please click on the State Agency workshop External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 1:45:48).

As part of the approval, two funding rounds for the new program were announced as follows:

  • April 1, 2022 – April 30, 2022
  • February 1, 2023 – March 2, 2023

For more information regarding the California State Preschool, Transitional, Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program please see check the Office of Public School Construction External link opens in new window or tab. website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Office of Public School Constuction (OPSC) FAQ External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Additional Early Learning Facilities Resources

Title 5 Regulations for Kindergarten Facilities
Please Note: These Standards are also used for Transitional Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten facilities for the California State Preschool, Transitional, Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program.

California Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Planning Considerations (Coming Soon)
This document supports districts as they plan for the construction of Early Learning Facilities. It provides key questions and things to consider as they develop these facilities.

Kindergarten Classroom Designs (Coming Soon)
This document provides five different design ideas for kindergarten classrooms. These designs meet Title 5 Regulations and also reflect the new trends due to the implementation of full day kindergarten.

Public Playground Safety Handbook The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
The Public Playground Safety Handbook provides recommendations focused on playground-related injuries and mechanical mechanisms of injury. The document noted that in recent years, it is estimated that there were more than 200,000 injuries annually on public playgrounds across the country that required emergency room treatment. By following the recommended guidelines in this handbook, you and your community can create a safer playground environment for all children and contribute to the reduction of playground-related deaths and injuries.

Non Facilities Related Early Learning Resources

Teaching and Learning Elementary Resources
This webpage provides resources for those interested in the academic achievement of Kindergarten through grade six public school students; includes transition-to-school guidance.

Universal Prekindergarten Implementation FAQs
This webpage provides frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding California state law relating to Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK).

Questions:   Bryan D. Boyd, Ed.D | bboyd@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 26, 2022