What is transitional kindergarten? 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 a child will have his or her fifth birthday between:
For the 2012–13 school year November 2 and December 2 For the 2013–14 school year October 2 and December 2 For the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter September 2 and December 2.
Is a district required to offer transitional kindergarten and kindergarten programs? Each elementary or unified school district must offer transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes for all children eligible to attend.
What is the curriculum for transitional kindergarten? California law (EC 48000) 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.