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, 2016 and January 31, 2017.
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 recent 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 classrooms 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, 2016 and January 31, 2017, 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
Fowler Unified Offers Transitional Kindergarten Program to More Students
Governor Brown signed legislation in 2015 that permits school districts to expand Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs to include more children outside of the current eligibility window of September 2 - December 2. School districts now have the flexibility to enroll children in Transitional Kindergarten, at the start of a school year, who will turn 5 after December 2. To be considered for the Fowler Unified TK Expansion Program, a child must turn 5 between December 3, 2016 - January 31, 2017. Placement in a TK classroom will be based on class enrollment / space availability and whether admittance to the program is in the best interest of the child. Fowler Unified will implement the TK expansion option at Marshall Elementary School, beginning the first day of school. Classes begin August 16. For more information, please contact Gloria Regier, Early Childhood Education Coordinator at 834-6123 or 400-2003.