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Kindergarten/Transitional Kinder

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

Transitional Kindergarten, often referred to as TK, is an exciting educational opportunity for children who turn five between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. It is the first phase of a two-year Kindergarten program that uses age-appropriate curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards and California Preschool Learning Foundations and California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks. 

 

*A child is eligible for TK if they have their fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 (inclusive) and each school year thereafter (EC 48000[c]).

Verification of Residence

PROOF OF RESIDENCE

Proof of Residency Evidence may be established by documentation showing the CURRENT name and address of the parent/guardian within the district, including, but not limited to, any of the following: (Education Code 48204.1)

1. Property tax payment receipt

2. Rental property contract, lease, or payment receipt

3. Utility service contract, statement, or payment receipt

4. Pay stub

5. Voter registration

6. Correspondence from a government agency

7. Declaration of residency executed by the student's parent/guardian

8. If the student is an unaccompanied youth as defined in 42 USC 11434a, a declaration of residency executed by the student

9. If the student is residing in the home of a caregiving adult within district boundaries, an affidavit executed by the caregiving adult in accordance with Family Code 6552
 

Early Childhood Programs

 

 

Is Kindergarten mandatory in California?

Since school is mandatory for six-year-old students, parents and guardians must enroll their children in school once they reach the age of six (EC Section 48200). It is a local decision, with parental input, whether the six-year-old student will be enrolled in kindergarten or first grade.

Extended-Day Kindergarten

Extended-Day Kindergarten

Guerneville School District provides an extended-day kindergarten (EDK), which is defined as a class, taught by the same certificated staff member, that exceeds the four-hour maximum number of school day minutes. Our Kindergartens are provided with the same instructional minutes as our 1st-8th-grade students. While school districts (LEAs) do not receive additional apportionment funds to lengthen the kindergarten day, there is a  recognized commitment by the district to fully provide additional experiences to prepare our early learners. For further information, visit The Public Policy Institute of California Web site on Full-Day Kindergarten in California External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). GSD extends the kindergarten day for a number of reasons, which include the following:

  • To improve the educational program
  • To provide more time for the teacher to get to know each child
  • To encourage children's maximum social, emotional, physical, and academic growth
  • To address transportation issues related to district bus schedules
  • To address parental/guardian needs for child care

EC sections 46110-46119 detail the minimum and maximum lengths of the school day for kindergarten and other elementary grade classrooms. The maximum number of minutes for kindergarten is four hours, (EC Section 46111), excluding recess. However, recess time may be counted as instructional minutes, at the district's discretion, if teacher supervision occurs. LEAs must also keep in mind that (pursuant to EC Section 37202) any TK programs operated by a district must be of equal length to any kindergarten programs operated by the same district. If TK program instructional minutes are a different length than the kindergarten program then a waiver must be submitted to the State Board of Education.

EC Section 8973 allows schools to offer EDK if both of the following conditions are met:

  • The kindergarten program does not exceed the length of the primary school day, and,
  • The extended-day kindergarten program takes into account ample opportunity for both active and quiet activities with an integrated, experiential, and developmentally appropriate educational program.