What is Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first of a two-year Kindergarten experience for children turning 5 years old between September 2 and December 2. TK gives our youngest Kindergarten students a head start in instruction and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment tailored to meet their academic and social needs.
In California, The Kindergarten Readiness Act (SB 1381) states that children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in traditional Kindergarten. Parents of students who turn 5 between September 2 and December 2 have priority to enroll their children in Transitional Kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and is free to participating students.
A Winning Solution for California
TK represents a true bridge between preschool and traditional Kindergarten. Taught by a credentialed teacher with early childhood expertise, TK uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is based on the Common Core Kindergarten standards but is designed explicitly to support the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of young 5 year olds.
The TK environment includes many opportunities for social-emotional development, fine- and gross-motor activities, and oral language development for all kinds of learners, including those with special needs. OUSD’s TK program prioritizes purposeful, structured play, small-group instruction, and intentional teaching using hands-on, experiential activities. TK truly provides our youngest Kindergarteners with the gift of time, enabling all students to begin traditional Kindergarten ready to thrive.
For additional TK information, please see our Transitional Kindergarten FAQs.