The expansion of Transitional Kindergarten to Universal Transitional Kindergarten is part of the AB 22 legislation which is part of a 2021 early childhood education (ECE) Legislative package, which aligns with recommendations in the Governor’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care and the Governor’s May Revision Budget Proposal.
AB 22 will eventually extend universal access to full-day transitional kindergarten (TK) programs to all 4-year-olds statewide at no cost to families. By ensuring that each child in California has access to a year of high-quality Pre-K, this bill sets students up for success in kindergarten and beyond.
TK is a steppingstone between preschool and kindergarten. Both TK and kindergarten are entirely optional. Children are only required to attend school in California once they turn 6.
Currently, TK teachers are required to have a multiple-subject teaching credential, the same credential teachers need for all the elementary grades. By 2023, TK teachers also need to complete an additional 24 units of early childhood education coursework or the equivalent, as deemed by their employer, or they will need to hold a child development permit.
Universal TK, like kindergarten, is a local choice of full-day or part-day. However, the state’s new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program requires that local educational agencies offer a nine-hour school day including before and after class services.
Children in universal TK have to meet the same vaccination requirements as in regular kindergarten.
If your child turns 5 by February 2, 2023, please enroll by clicking here.
If your child is a "young TK" and will turn 5 after February 2, and before July 1, 2023, please click here.
Families who want to enroll a young TK may apply at the website with a Transitional Kindergarten application - between March 28th and May 2nd.
Students will be assigned to their home schools until there is no space available, once a school’s TK is full, students will be offered an SGUSD TK program with space available.
When space is limited young TK will be admitted in this order of priority:
- Age of student
- Sibling placement
- Date of application
If you would like more information regarding the program, please contact Student Support Services at (626) 451-5482.