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Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)



Every child should grow up healthy and ready for school. Transitional  Kindergarten (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 and emotional needs.

2023-2024 School Year Information

TK and Young 4 TK are offered for free and is the first of a two-year kindergarten experience for children turning 5 during the 2022-2023 academic year.  If your child’s 5th birthdate is between these dates, you should enroll him/her in Transitional Kindergarten. 

  • TK is for children with birth dates from September 02, 2017 to February 2, 2018


Young 4 TK is for children with birth dates from February 3, 2019 to May 31, 2019

  • Eligible young 4TK families may enroll now  for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • The Young TK 4 program will be held at EDUCARE.  

Please note: Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 School Year is for children with birth dates from September 02, 2017 to September 01, 2018.    

To reach the Early Learning Department please call us at (408) 283-6092.

Why TK for Your Child?

You want the best for your children. Why not set them up for success from the start? TK is an extra year of schooling for children who are not eligible for kindergarten (children must turn 5 prior to September 1 to enroll in kindergarten). TK ensures our youngest learners build skills and experiences they need to be successful in kindergarten while giving them an opportunity to learn academically through meaningful play. TK helps students improve self-confidence, form better relationships with other children and adults, and achieve greater success in school and life. In fact, students who participate in TK are more likely to graduate from college than those who do not.

TK enrollment at Franklin-McKinley School District requires the following:

There are several documents that will need to be provided to your child's school but are not required to submit via our online enrollment at this time. Your child's school will be in contact with you to collect the remaining documentation for enrollment.    Here is a list of documents that will be required: 

  • Proof of Age: Birth/Baptismal Certificate/Passport/Military ID
  • Proof of Required Immunizations:
    • Polio (4 Series)
    • Diphtheria
    • Tetanus
    • Pertussis (DTP, DTaP): 5 Series
    • Measles
    • Mumps and Rubella (MMR): 2 Series of each
    • Hepatitis B (HepB): 3 Series
    • Varicella (Chicken pox): 1 Dose
  • TB Test (PPD): Must be given and read with 18 months prior to entry of kindergarten (after March 2014). A complete record of date given, date read, and results.
  • Proof of Residence: PG&E bill, rental/lease agreement, driver’s license, etc.

Starting Smart and Strong
Funded by the Packard Foundation, and made possible by partnerships throughout our community, Starting Smart and Strong is our shared, long-term commitment to ensure that every child in San Jose grows up healthy and ready for kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is one example of our Starting Smart and Strong efforts. Other early childhood education and health resources for children ages 0 to 5 are made possible through our partnerships with Educare California at Silicon Valley, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County, State Preschools, and Head Start.  

Santa Clara County Childcare Resource and Referral Program  Steps to Success - Find an Early Childcare Provider: STEPS TO SUCCESS