Enrollment opens for transitional kindergarten in the Menlo Park City School District

by Treadway Park March 5, 2022

Registrations are open for the Menlo Park City School District Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Pilot Program in the fall of 2022.

TK is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that must be provided by all California public school districts serving elementary students, under Senate Bill 130. It offers early childhood education as a transition between preschool and kindergarten.

TK is not compulsory for students, but is available to four- and five-year-olds who meet the date of birth requirements. TK does not replicate preschool or kindergarten; rather, it addresses the child’s language, literacy, and pre-math skills with an emphasis on social and emotional development. The program blends preschool and kindergarten readiness standards with an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning and play. The Menlo Park Schools TK program will be offered as a half-year program. day with morning or afternoon sessions.

Understanding that many families need full-time babysitting for their young children, MPCSD has partnered with its award-winning preschool, the Early Learning Center, to offer many fee-based options for extended, early, and late care so families can create a program schedule. for their TK students that meets the needs of the family.

The school board voted unanimously at its Feb. 10 meeting to create a traditional knowledge curriculum for four- and five-year-old MPCSD students, though the state is not providing adequate funding to state-funded districts. community like the MPCSD for the implementation of this new school level. The cost to provide TK will be approximately $1 million in the first year and $800,000 each year thereafter. The district knows the value of investing in kindergarten readiness and knows that a high-quality traditional knowledge curriculum can predict success in the formative years of elementary and secondary school.

To learn more about the TK program, extended care options, and for enrollment instructions for TK and extended care, please visit the Transitional Kindergarten Web Page.

Photo of a Southern California transitional kindergarten program.

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