Transitional Kindergarten

Universal Transitional kindergarten is for students who turn 4 before September 2 . After one year of UTK students enter the regular kindergarten program.

More information about Transitional Kindergarten from the California Department of Education:

  1. What is the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010?
  2. Senate Bill (SB) 1381(Chapter 705, Statues of 2010) amended California Education Code (Section 46300,48000, and 48010) to change the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade and established a transitional kindergarten program beginning in the 2012 2013 school year.

  3. What is the minimum age for admittance to kindergarten in California?
  4. A child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained by the school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before September 2 (EC48000[a]):

     

  5. What is transitional kindergarten?
  6. A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law, (EC 48000[c]), a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if they turn 4 before September 2.


  7. What is the curriculum for transitional kindergarten?
  8. California law (EC48000) defines transitional kindergarten as "the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate." While no state curriculum is mandated, local education agencies must modify the local course of study in order to provide age and developmentally appropriate curriculum for transitional kindergarten.

  9. Can students who are age eligible for kindergarten attend transitional kindergarten?
  10. Although this is a local decision, CDE recommends that districts establish criteria to determine selection requirements for kindergarten eligible children who enroll in transitional kindergarten. Children who are age-eligible to attend kindergarten, but choose to enroll in transitional kindergarten will need assigned parental permission continuance form verifying that the parent/guardian agrees to have his/her child continue in kindergarten for one additional year. A sample form, in English and Spanish, is available.

    The Kindergarten Continuance Form is used by school districts to verify that parents agree to have their child continue in kindergarten for one additional year.

  11. Are students in transitional kindergarten also subject to the kindergarten immunization requirements?
  12. Yes. They are required to have documentation of required immunizations or a valid exemption prior to admission to transitional kindergarten.

  13. Are students in transitional kindergarten required to meet kindergarten immunization requirements before the first year or second year of the program?
  14. They are required to have immunizations before admission to transitional kindergarten.

     
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