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Transitional Kindergarten Continuum of Standards

Please click on the link to access the continuum of standards for each curricular area:

Social Emotional

Fine and Gross Motor

Language Arts

Mathematics

Science and Social Studies

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Our Mission: 
The Grenada Elementary School District, with support from our community, prepares students to 
achieve academic and personal success while becoming responsible citizens and lifelong 
learners. 
Our Vision: 
Educated, responsible, and confident citizens succeeding in a global society. 
"Empowering Students for Success" 

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What are the benefits of TK?

Transitional kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and gives students a head start that will yield huge payoffs in future academic success. TK provides the gift of time that will help students build a strong foundation for success in elementary school. One out of every four kindergarten students in California will benefit from transitional kindergarten. TK will serve 125,000 students each year.

TK is a win-win-win for children, families and schools.

  • Children are better prepared to succeed.
  • Families have an additional option to ensure their children enter kindergarten with the maturity, confidence and skills they need to excel.
  • Schools benefit because children will be better prepared to succeed academically and less likely to be placed in special education or held back in later grades.

Research shows that the return on early investments in education is substantial. According to Deborah Stipek, professor at the Stanford University School of Education, “the cost is paid back many times over in reduced grade retentions, special education services and in lower expenditures for incarceration. Returns also come in the form of the increased productivity that results from higher levels of academic achievement and high school completion rates.”

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Transitional Kindergarten

The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010

The Kindergarten Readiness Act is an education reform designed to help ensure that California children are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

The legislation changes the requirements for kindergarten entry from five years old by December 2 to five years old by September 1, so that all children enter kindergarten at age five. The new law amends the Education Code relating to kindergarten to create Transitional Kindergarten (TK), the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for students born between September and December. This gives four-year-olds with fall birthdays an additional year of preparation before entering kindergarten. The program is being phased in over three years and be fully implemented by 2014. Grenada Elementary School District is implementing the Kindergarten Readiness Act. For more information on Transitional Kindergarten, please visit the following sites; California Department of EducationCalifornia Kindergarten AssociationPreschool California, and the California Transitional Kindergarten Library, TK California Website. 

Transitional Kindergarten is designed to help children as they: 
Build confidence and self-esteem
Develop small motor skills needed for writing
Foster large muscle skills needed for balance
Enhance skills such as sitting, listening, and following directions
Increase vocabulary enrichment and memory skills
Facilitate social interaction and encourages problem solving

Children experience school success from the beginning.  Transitional Kindergarten has nothing to do with being smart; it’s about being ready.  Students leave the Transitional Kindergarten Program prepared to enter academic kindergarten successfully.

Research shows that the majority of students retained in kindergarten and first grade have fall birthdays. In the state of California, in a study conducted in a California Performance Review concluded:

  • Children born between June 15 and December 1 made up 53% of the students retained in kindergarten
  • Children who enter kindergarten before their 5th birthday appeared to be at a disadvantage in all aspects of development
  • In reading and mathematics, older kindergartners outperform younger kindergarteners

For these reasons, the State of California has enacted legislation to move the entrance date for kindergarten back, as follows:

  • In 2012-13, children who have their fifth birthday between November 2 and December 2 will be admitted to a Transitional Kindergarten program maintained by the local school district.
  • In 2013-14, children who have their fifth birthday between October 2 and December 2 will be admitted to the Transitional Kindergarten program.
  • In 2014-15 and each school year thereafter, children who have their fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 will be admitted to the Transitional Kindergarten program

How can families be involved in Transitional Kindergarten?

Communication between home and school is essential in helping your child succeed. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in their child’s learning journey at home and at school. There are a variety of activities and workshops planned to support you and your child in Transitional Kindergarten. Assessments and teacher observations will be used to monitor your child’s growth and progress throughout the year. Staff will use this information to guide instruction that’s individualized to meet your child’s needs. In the Spring of the Transitional Kindergarten year, you and your child’s teacher will discuss recommendations for the following year to see which instructional setting is best for your child, kindergarten or first grade. 

Working together will help you stay connected! We look forward to welcoming you and your child to Transitional Kindergarten! 

Acceleration to First Grade

California law requires a child to be six years old on or before November 1 for the 2012–13 
school year, October 1 for the 2013-14 school year, and September 1 for the 2014–15 school 
year and each school year thereafter to be legally eligible for first grade (EC Section 48010). 
 
There are exceptions for acceleration to first grade, but this would be a local decision and there 
should be established criteria for these exceptions. At a minimum, children being considered for 
acceleration to first grade should meet the following State Board of Education criteria, pursuant 
to Title 5, Section 200: 

  •  The child is at least five years of age. 
  •  The child has attended a public school kindergarten for a long enough time to enable school personnel to evaluate the child's ability. 
  •  The child is in the upper 5 percent of the child's age group in terms of general mental ability. 
  •  The physical development and social maturity of the child are consistent with the child's advanced mental ability. 
  •  The parent or guardian has filed a written statement with the district that approves placement in first grade. 
  • A statement, signed by the district and parent/guardian, is placed in the official school records for these five-year-olds who have been advanced to first grade (EC Section 48011). This action prevents a subsequent audit exception for first grade placement of an age-ineligible student. 

Transitional Kindergarten FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding California state law relating to kindergarten.The California Department of Education (CDE) and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson fully support the transitional kindergarten program.
 
  1. What is the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010?
  2. What is the minimum age for admittance to kindergarten in California
  3. What is transitional kindergarten
  4. Will transitional kindergarten continue after 2014?
  5. Must children attend transitional kindergarten or kindergarten?
  6. Is a district required to offer transitional kindergarten and kindergarten programs?
  7. Can transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students be enrolled in the same classroom?
  8. Are transitional kindergarten students required to complete the entire two year program?
  9. How many years can a district claim apportionment for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten?
  10. Can a district claim apportionment for transitional kindergarten if it does not use a modified curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate?
  11. How does transitional kindergarten affect basic aid districts?
  12. How many minutes does a transitional kindergarten program have to offer?
  13. How long is the transitional kindergarten day?
  14. Is there a Kindergarten Continuance Form to continue a child from transitional kindergarten into kindergarten?
  15. Are continuance forms necessary for those districts that choose to pilot early implementation of transitional kindergarten?
  16. Are standards available for transitional kindergarten?
  17. What is the curriculum for transitional kindergarten?
  18. How will the needs of English learners be addressed in transitional kindergarten?
  19. How will the needs of parents of English learners be addressed in transitional kindergarten?
  20. What are the William’s requirements for students in transitional kindergarten?
  21. Can students who are age eligible for kindergarten attend transitional kindergarten?
  22. What type of facility should be used for transitional kindergarten?
  23. Will transitional kindergarten enrollment generate eligibility under the State School Facility Program (changes in kindergarten enrollment have a dramatic impact on the five year enrollment projections for calculating new construction eligibility)?
  24. Will transitional kindergarten have the same statutory class size limits as regular kindergarten (33 maximum/31 average)? What about Class Size Reduction for transitional kindergarten?
  25. What is the teacher-student ratio for transitional kindergarten?
  26. Does the transitional kindergarten teacher need a teaching credential?
  27. Does the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 provide funding for any other staffing?
  28. Are districts required to report transitional kindergarten information via CALPADS?
  29. Does the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 provide funding for professional learning?
  30. Can a transitional kindergarten teacher “loop” with his/her students to kindergarten?
  31. Can the same federal funds used to fund kindergarten be used to fund transitional kindergarten (for example Title 1, Title III, EIA, etc…)?
  32. Are students in transitional kindergarten also subject to the kindergarten immunization requirements?
  33. Are students in transitional kindergarten required to meet kindergarten immunization requirements before the first year or second year of the program?
  34. How should a school report transitional kindergarten students for the kindergarten annual immunization assessment report?
  35. Can children who turn five years old after December 2 start transitional kindergarten at the beginning of the school year?
  36. Some schools are choosing to move the kindergarten admittance date back to September 1 for the 2013-14 school year, so that all children turning five between September 2 and December 2 would be automatically admitted into a transitional kindergarten program, as opposed to just children turning five between October 2 and December 2. Is this permissible?
  37. As of 2014-15, can a child who turns five between September 2 and December 2 be admitted to transitional kindergarten starting on the first day of school in August? If so, can we only claim ADA from the time the child turns five years old, or can we claim ADA in August as well?
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