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FMSD ready to enroll younger 4 year olds into Transitional Kindergarten

Three years ago, the state Legislature voted to underwrite a program called “Transitional Kindergarten” for 4-year-olds who turn 5 after September 1, the cutoff date for enrolling in regular Kindergarten, but on/before December 2. Those children then enrolled in regular Kindergarten the following year.
 
In 2015, the Legislature updated the law and gave districts permission to expand transitional kindergarten to even younger 4-year-olds – those who turned 5 after Dec. 2.

But the catch is that under the new law, districts can only receive reimbursement from the state after a child turns 5, based on average daily attendance. Before that, districts must find their own funds to underwrite the costs of the program.

As a result, few districts have seized the opportunity to offer what is called “expanded transitional kindergarten” to younger 4-year-olds.

On April 25, 2017, our Board of Education approved the expansion of TK eligibility. The District’s Transitional Kindergarten program shall admit children whose fifth birthday lies between September 2 and December 2 in the current school year:(Education Code 48000).
 
When space is available (TK Waitlist), additional students may be admitted based on developmental readiness and the following age criteria:
  • Students who fifth birthday lies between December 3 and January 2 in the current school year, will be considered first.
  • Students whose fifth birthday lies between January 3 and January 31 in the current school year, will be considered second.
  • Students whose birthday lies between February 1 and May 31 in the current school year will be considered third.
With the expanded age eligibility window, our District is one step closer to closing the opportunity gap for young learners. TK gives our youngest students a head start in instruction and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment tailored to meet their academic and social needs. To learn more about Transitional Kindergarten, click here. If you are interested in registering your child for TK or have questions, please contact the Early Learning Department at 408-283-6039.