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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.

Universal PreKindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten

Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) Planning and Implementation

Updated Templates - 2022–23
Templates - 2021–22
UPK Program Surveys

All UPK Program Surveys are due by September 30, 2022.

UPK Expenditure Reporting

UPK Expenditure Reports for the period of May 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022 are due by December 31, 2022.

Universal PreKindergarten Guidance

To help introduce LEA leaders to early education concepts, agencies, and structures, the California Department of Education (CDE) has developed a Universal PreKindergarten Planning and Implementation Guidance document. This guidance is meant to support LEAs in the development of their UPK Plan for consideration by the LEAs governing board or body at a public meeting on or before June 30, 2022.

Universal PreKindergarten Planning and Implementation Guidance Volume 1 (DOCX)

Volume 1 includes guidance on:

  • California's PreKindergarten Through Third (P-3) Grade Vision,
  • Early Learning and Care Infrastructure,
  • Early Learning and Care Programs, Program Standards, and Staffing Ratios,
  • Research on Why Early Education Matters,
  • UPK and Family Choice,
  • Description of Enrollment Data and Projections,
  • Projected Enrollment and Needs Assessment - Key Considerations,
  • Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrollment Projection Methodology,
  • Early Admittance Transitional Kindergarten,
  • Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions,
  • Full Day and Part Day,
  • Funding Sources That Can Be Utilized for Extended Learning and Care,
  • General Overview of California State Preschool Program Standards (CSPP) and Eligibility,
  • Models of Service Delivery for Universal Prekindergarten for all Four-Year-Old Children,
  • Models of Blending Programs to Offer Extended Learning and Care,
  • Opportunities to Engage Communities in UPK Planning,
  • Facilities Requirements, Planning Considerations, and Resources

Universal PreKindergarten Planning and Implementation Guidance Volume 2 (DOCX)

Volume 2 includes guidance on:

  • UPK Leadership Structures,
  • Integrating UPK within District Local Control Accountability Plans,
  • Supporting Access and Enrollment Equity,
  • Partner Deep Dives,
  • COE Support for UPK Planning and Implementation,
  • CSPP - Information for Parents,
  • Head Start - Information for Parents,
  • Supporting UPK through Community Schools,
  • UPK Workforce Requirements,
  • Workforce Development Funding Opportunities,
  • Professional Learning for Leaders and Principals,
  • Research on Benefits of Joint Professional Learning,
  • Best Practices for In-Service Preparation,
  • Professional Learning on Observational Assessments,
  • Best Practices and Resources for Recruitment,
  • P-3 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - Supporting Children with Disabilities
  • P-3 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - Language Models and Supporting Dual Language Learners,
  • Head Start Curriculum Review,
  • UPK Curriculum and Assessment Selection,
  • Supporting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Development,
  • Early Math-Math Matters,
  • Funding Sources That Can Be Utilized For Facilities,
  • Supervision of Young Children,
  • Implementing Universal Meals in UPK,
  • Transportation

Guidance will be released in a rolling manner. The CDE is excited to announce the launch of a California Universal PreKindergarten/Preschool to Third Grade (UPK/P-3) Group on the California Educators Together platform! The CDE created the UPK/P-3 Group on the platform to share resources and guidance for local education agencies and partners to use in preparation for the implementation of UPK in California. The most up-to-date guidance can be found in the UPK/P-3 Group on California Educators Together External link opens in new window or tab..

The Universal PreKindergarten Planning Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab.: California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) created a resource for COE in response to recent legislation and investments. It offers approaches and examples to assist LEAs with UPK and preschool through third grade (P–3) continuum planning and capacity building. This toolkit is a companion document to align with focus areas outlined in the UPK Planning Template, released by the CDE in December 2021.

Universal PreKindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Resources

Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide

  • Dr. Patricia Wolfe Introduction External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Amazing Developing Brain, Part 1 External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Amazing Developing Brain, Part 2 External link opens in new window or tab.
    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.

  • 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.

  • TK Professional Resource Guide for Administrators External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    This guide provides an annotated list of accessible online resources for administrators to support transitional kindergarten.

  • Updated Board of Education Waiver Request Requirements
    Letter from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson presenting the updated waiver request requirements for kindergarten and TK.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 1, 2023