What is Transitional Kindergarten?
California recently passed a new law, “The Kindergarten Readiness Act” (SB 1381), that changes the age when children are eligible to enter Kindergarten.Under this new law, by 2014-15, children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in traditional Kindergarten. Previously, children could enter Kindergarten so long as they turned 5 years old by December 2. The law will phase in the new Kindergarten age requirement over the next two years by changing the Kindergarten cutoff date as follows:
2012-13: entering Kindergarteners must turn five on or before Nov. 1st
2013-14: entering Kindergarteners must turn five on or before Oct. 1st
2014-15: entering Kindergarteners must turn five on or before Sep. 1st
For the 2014-2015 school year, parents of students who turn 5 between October 2 and December 2, 2013 have priority to choose to register their children for Transitional Kindergarten. Children with earlier birthdays may attend Transitional Kindergarten once all children with November, October, and September fifth birthdays are served. Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and is free to participating students.
For additional TK information, please see our Transitional Kindergarten FAQs.