Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten
- Transitional Kindergarten - Child must be turning 5 years old between September 2 and December 2.
- Kindergarten - Child must be 5 years old by September 1.
- Immunization Record - Child must be up to date with his/her immunizations to complete enrollment.
- Birth Certificate, Hospital Certificate, Passport or Baptism Certificate
- Proof of Residence (i.e., utility bill, property tax receipt, paystub)
- Mandatory Dental Exam Report completed by the first day of school but not required for the appointment
- Doctor's Physical Exam Report is recommended but not mandatory until first grade.
WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN?
The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 amends the state education code relating to kindergarten to create transitional kindergarten, the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for students who are born between September and December. Eligible students are those who will turn 5 years old on or between SEPTEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 2.
Transitional kindergarten is a part of the kindergarten experience. It will give the youngest students an additional year of preparation so that they enter kindergarten more prepared to learn and succeed. Transitional kindergarten classes will offer children developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned with kindergarten standards, and will be taught by credentialed teachers.
The new law also changed the kindergarten entry date from 5 years old by Dec. 2 to 5 years old by Sept. 1 so children enter kindergarten at age 5.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN?
Research shows beginning kindergarten at an older age improves children’s social and academic development and provides a significant boost to their test scores, especially for children from low-income families. Children are also more likely to attend college and earn higher wages, according to a Public Policy Institute of California review of 14 recent studies. Transitional kindergarten also helps children build literacy and math skills and provides a foundation for social and emotional development.
Transitional kindergarten benefits our children, families and communities.
- Children will be better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond;
- Parents will have an additional option to help their children enter kindergarten with the maturity and skills needed to excel; and
- Schools will be able to do more with what they have because TK will help ensure children enter kindergarten more prepared to learn and succeed.