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Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

What is Transitional Kindergarten?
In 2010, California enacted a new law, Senate Bill 1381 (Simitian, D-Palo Alto), “The Kindergarten Readiness Act,” which moved up the state’s kindergarten start date from December to September through a multi-year, phase-in requirement for school districts. The law also created a program called “Transitional Kindergarten.” Transitional Kindergarten (TK) was considered the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. In 2021, California expanded TK through Assembly Bill (AB) 130. Through this bill, TK will gradually expand over a four-year period through the 2025-26 school year, until all 4-year-olds have the opportunity to attend a high-quality, developmentally appropriate TK program and enter kindergarten prepared to learn and thrive. 


For the 2023-24 school year, children who turn 5 between September 2 and April 2 are eligible for TK.


Does My Child Have to Go to Transitional Kindergarten?
No, parents are not required to enroll their child in a transitional kindergarten program. Parents and guardians may wait until their child is age-eligible for enrollment into kindergarten. 


The Moreland School District places students appropriately by age. Children who turn five between September 2 and April 2 are enrolled in TK. The school district also does not participate in rolling enrollment. Therefore, students who turn five after April 2 will not be enrolled in TK for that school year. For information on the district’s enrollment policies, visit our website at or contact our Enrollment Center at 408.874.2927.


How is The Program Arranged?

  • TK is part of the public school system and is free to all eligible children.
  • TK serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, giving children more time for hands-on activities, small group instruction, and interactive learning.
  • The TK program will help children develop their academic, social, emotional and language needs.
  • After your child finishes TK, he/she will attend a regular kindergarten classroom.


Our Transitional Kindergarten Vision:


Transitional kindergarten is the bridge between preschool and kindergarten. It is a joyful, play-based introduction to school that focuses on developmentally appropriate social, emotional, and academic opportunities for the development of the whole child.