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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

Transitional Kindergarten Wordle (Decorative)

A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law, EC 48000[c] (Senate Bill 1381), a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will have his or her fifth birthday between:

  • For the 2013-14 school year October 2 and December 2 (Inclusive)
  • For the 2014-15 school year and each school year thereafter September 2 and December 2 (Inclusive)

Kindergarten Bills Introduced:

So far this year, the discussion around the first years of a child's formal education has been about the expansion of transitional kindergarten or preschool; on Friday, March 28, 2014, two more bills have entered the conversation. As expected, Assembly Members Joan Buchanan and Shirley Weber are carrying bills to create a more-rigorous kindergarten program in California:

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 1719 (Weber, D-San Diego) would require, beginning in 2017-18, school districts to implement a full-day (230 minutes) kindergarten program; the bill would allow a district board to vote to postpone implementation, with reasons that would be submitted to the Department of Education within a month of deciding to postpone implementation

  • AB 1444 (Buchanan, D-Alamo) would require children to complete one year of kindergarten before being admitted to first grade, shifting kindergarten from optional to mandatory for children in California

  • Senate Bill (SB) 1381 (Chapter 705, Statutes of 2010) amended California Education Code (EC) (Section 46300, 48000, and 48010) to change the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade and established a TK program.

Both of these bills would create significant state mandated local programs.

CDE Transitional Kindergarten FAQ's

TK Meeting Dates 2016-17

Salinas Area

  • August 26th | MCOE Room G
  • September 23rd | MCOE Room D
  • October 28th | MCOE Room G
  • December 9th | MCOE Room G
  • January 20th | MCOE Room H
  • March 10th | MCOE Room A
  • April 28th | MCOE Room G
  • May 19th | MCOE Room G

South County

  • August 22nd | Del Rey School, King City
  • Sept 26th | Greenfield District Office
  • Oct 24th | Del Rey School, King City
  • Dec 5th | Greenfield District Office
  • Jan 23rd | Del Rey School, King City
  • March 13th | Greenfield District Office
  • April 24th | Del Rey School, King City
  • May 22nd | Greenfield District office

Going Fishing

Going fishing in groups

* Printable TK Schedule 2015-16 *


Meeting Handouts:

January 23/26, 2015
Task Force Agenda | Health Start Health Component

December 1, 2014
Agenda | Social-Emotional Development PPT | Trans K (SCCOE) | Request for First 5 Grant Funds | Post Event Survey | Classroom Environment Article

October 22, 2014
Agenda | Social-Emotional Development PPT | Article: The Teaching Pyramid

March 22, 2013
Standards Based Progress Report | TK Standards | TK Resources

January 25, 2013
Attendance Reporting | Q&A from Meeting


First 5 Monterey County


A selection of important Transitional Kindergarten documents.


Teacher Joy Slater

CDE Implementation Guides


Chapter 1: Program Structure/Design

Chapter 2: TK Students

Chapter 3: Curriculum

Chapter 4: Instruction

Chapter 5: Learning Environment

Chapter 6: Assessment/Differentiation

Chapter 7: Family Involvement

Chapter 8: Supporting Implementation


Janeth Rojas

Early Childhood Education
Phone: 831.784.4141

Gail Kuehl

Secretary II
Phone: 831.755.0368

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