Transitional Kindergarten Program
Background The California Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 has changed the kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1. To enter kindergarten, students must now turn 5 on or by September 1. City Tree created a transitional kindergarten program in 2010 for students who turn 5 between September 2 and December 2. While this change of a few months may seem small, it can mean a big difference during the early learning years of our children.
What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)? Transitional kindergarten provides an opportunity for our older and more mature preschoolers, who don’t meet the kindergarten cut-off date, to develop the academic and social skills that will appropriately challenge them and help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
How will Transitional Kindergarten Help my Child? The transitional kindergarten program is designed to:
- Develop a strong academic foundation in literacy and math
- Develop important oral language skills that are needed for listening, speaking, and communicating
- Develop a positive attitude about school and learning
- Develop self-regulation skills
- Establish productive social and working relationships with adults and peers
- Prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond