Transitional Kindergarten Program
Transitional Kindergarten - A Strong Start For Young Five Year Olds
In 2010, California passed a new law changing the age when children can begin Kindergarten. Under the new law children must be five years old on or before September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten. The law also created a new grade known as Transitional Kindergarten or TK. A child is eligible to enroll in TK if they will have their fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2.
Transitional Kindergarten is intended to give young five year old children an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs. In a study conducted by American Institutes for Research (AIR), researchers found that “Transitional Kindergarten students had higher literacy skills, such as identifying letters and sounds, and more advanced math skills, such as counting objects and completing word problems, than those who did not go to Transitional Kindergarten.”
Transitional Kindergarten students are taught by highly qualified credentialed teachers who have additional training in order to teach young children. Transitional Kindergarten classes follow the same school schedule as the district’s kindergarten classes. Fowler Unified currently offers a Transitional Kindergarten program at Marshall Elementary School (142 N. Armstrong Ave., Fowler). If you have a child that will turn five between September 2, 2019 and December 2, 2019, register now for Transitional Kindergarten. For more information, contact Marshall School at (559) 834-6120.
Source: Impact of California’s Transitional Kindergarten Program, 2013–14, American Institutes for Research, December 2015