Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010: SB 1381
- Changes the entry date for kindergarten/first grade and creates transitional kindergarten (TK) classes.
- Allows for transitional kindergarten as the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.
- Changes the kindergarten entry date in 2014- 2015 from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1, so children enter kindergarten at age 5.
- Changes the new age requirement for kindergarten/first grade by moving the cutoff date one month a year for three years, beginning in 2012.
- Allows the District to decide where and how transitional kindergarten classes will be held.
- Provides parents with an additional option to help their children enter kindergarten more prepared to learn and succeed.
- Delegates responsibility to the District to design a transitional kindergarten program.
District Implementation Highlights
November 1 for 2012-2013
October 1 for 2013-2014
September 1 for 2014-2015
While this change of a few months may seem small, it can mean a big difference during these early years when children are rapidly growing and developing. Thus, the new law allows transitional kindergarten for children impacted by this change. Transitional kindergarten is the first of a two-year kindergarten program.
East Whittier City School District will offer transitional kindergarten (TK) in all the elementary schools across the District for qualifying students. The program will be offered concurrently with the regular kindergarten program. TK students will attend 180 minutes per day. It is an optional program.
EWCSD is offering a transitional kindergarten program at each of the elementary schools in order to maintain the local school concept. This organizational structure is designed to help parents with more than one child at the elementary level. All classes will be taught by fully credentialed elementary teachers.
Differences between Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten
- TK is a program based on developmentally appropriate kindergarten standards designed to prepare students for regular kindergarten. There is exposure to many of the K standards necessary for success in regular kindergarten.
- TK students may be in a combination class with regular kindergarteners.
- TK is the “gift of time” to develop the social and emotional skills for success in school. Children will be better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond with the extra time. TK has a developmental focus.
- The program has an academic focus, and there is an expectation that children will demonstrate mastery of kindergarten standards. The focus is on the beginning reading/literacy process.
Exposure to K Standards
Mastery to K Standards
- The transitional kindergarten curriculum blends the best practices from the preschool learning environment with the best practices from the kindergarten environment.
- Students will be introduced to age-appropriate topics through a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
- Mathematics instruction will be delivered using a hands-on approach.
- EWCSD will primarily use observational tools to provide parents feedback on their child’s development.
Frequently Asked Questions
Transitional kindergarten is the first of a two-year kindergarten program. In 2012-2013, students with birthdays on November 2 through December 2 may attend one year of transitional kindergarten and then one year of regular kindergarten. If your child needs more time to develop social skills, this may be a program for him/her.
Where do I register my child for TK?
Transitional kindergarten registration will take place during the regular kindergarten registration period at each of the elementary schools in the District.
Do ALL EWCSD elementary schools have TK?
At this time, ALL elementary schools in the EWCSD will be offering a transitional kindergarten program.
Transitional kindergarten is optional. Parents wishing to keep children at home or in private kindergarten programs will need to check the new age requirements for kindergarten/first grade. Putting your child in private kindergarten programs will not automatically allow him/her to go on to first grade if the child does not meet the new age requirements.
Who do I call if I have questions regarding Transitional Kindergarten?
Please call the school office or the District office if you have any additional questions, we will be glad to assist you.