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Transitional Kindergarten


What is Transitional Kindergarten?

  • Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and is available for children who turn five years old between September and February. Like preschool, it’s not required that children attend, but kids who do enroll in TK are required to do the second year of Kindergarten the following year.
  • Transitional kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a developmentally and age-appropriate modified kindergarten curriculum. TK does not replicate preschool or kindergarten. It addresses the child’s language, literacy, and pre-math skills with an emphasis on social and emotional development. The program blends preschool and readiness standards for kindergarten with a focus on hands-on and experiential learning. Research shows that taking the time for readiness for school can predict success later in the formative years of elementary and secondary education. Getting a strong start is very important.

Who can attend Transitional Kindergarten?

  • With the rollout of California’s Universal TK, enrollment is open and has been expanded at LLESD. We are now accepting students who turn 5 anytime between September 2, 2022, to August 31, 2023, to enroll in TK for the 2022-23 school year. 

My child has a birthday that falls within the TK age-eligibility window. Can my child skip TK and enroll directly in Kindergarten?

  • No. We strictly adhere to the age eligibility requirements for a child to enroll in kindergarten.  A child  must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2022 to enroll in kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year.

What will the Transitional Kindergarten program look like for my child?

  • The TK program is taught by credentialed teachers and runs 5 days a week. Hours for the program will be the same as the Kindergarten schedule. TK offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that allows students to explore, create, and learn through purposeful play based activities. Social emotional, fine motor, and academic skills are all integrated in this hands-on program to build a strong foundation for meeting the rigor of kindergarten the following year.

How is TK different from Kindergarten?

  • TK is a bridge from Preschool to Kindergarten. It does not replace kindergarten.  The TK curriculum provides a bridge for our young five year olds between the flexible, exploration based environment of preschool and the more structured academic setting of kindergarten. It promotes each child’s progress in all areas where they develop and practice the social, emotional and physical skills that support and naturally accompany a child’s intellectual growth.

How is Preschool different from TK?

  • Preschools generally offer early childhood education to kids between two and five years old. Kids who attend preschool learn basic social, emotional, and academic skills that lay a foundation for the rest of their educations. LLESD does not offer a preschool program.

How is PreK different from TK?

  • Pre-K (or Pre-Kindergarten) is for older preschoolers who are getting ready to attend TK or Kindergarten in the next year. It’s still considered preschool even though it’s called Pre-K. Four and five-year-old children who are not yet old enough or ready for TK or Kindergarten can attend Pre-K. 

  • Pre-K is a great place for kids to transition from traditional preschool to Kindergarten. In Pre-K, children specifically work on building kindergarten readiness skills, and teachers dive deeper into subjects like math and science.  LLESD does not offer a Pre-K program.

Transitional Kindergarten Important Information

Transitional Kindergarten is defined as "the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate." (Education Code, Section 48000(d)).
The benefits of a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program:

  • allows for the gift of time for children who would benefit from a two-year program
  • improves social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development
  • builds self-esteem and identity as a successful student
  • reduces grade retention and special education placement
  • offers a valuable opportunity to integrate the early learning and elementary systems
  • provides a credentialed teacher for the program

The state of California is allowing individual school districts to create TK programs with standards and curricula that meet the unique needs of their student populations.

When can I sign my child up for Transitional Kindergarten?

  • The 2022-23 TK pre-registration and enrollment window opens on January 31, 2022, and will remain open through the spring.

Where do I enroll?

  • Please see the Pre-Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year on the Las Lomitas Elementary School Registration Page

Will there be space for everyone interested in Transitional Kindergarten?

  • All students turning 5 between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023 are guaranteed a space in the Transitional Kindergarten Program for the 2022-23 school year.

Where will the Transitional Kindergarten classes be held?

  • The TK program will be held at Las Lomitas Elementary School.

Is TK mandatory?

  • TK is not a mandatory grade. Families with students who turn 5 between September 2nd, 2022 and February 2nd, 2023 have the option to enroll in TK or keep their child in preschool. 

Do children in universal TK have to meet the same vaccination requirements as in regular kindergarten? 

What happens after a year of Transitional Kindergarten?

  • Transitional Kindergarten is intended to be the first year of a two year kindergarten program. Students will move to kindergarten the following year, will have a space reserved for them at their resident school, and will not have to re-enroll.

What if I have more questions?

  • For more information on registration, you may call Deanna Celis, at (650) 854-5900.  For more information on the program, you may contact Shannon Potts or Alain Camou. Additional information regarding Transitional Kindergarten can be found in Education Code Section 48000.
  • If you are interested in enrolling in LLESD TK for the 2022-23 school year and or interested in receiving more information from the District about the TK program please fill out this Google Form