Transitional Kindergarten

  • The Kindergarten Readiness Act

    The Kindergarten Readiness Act, SB 1381 created the transitional kindergarten program, the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience. Transitional kindergarten gives our state’s young learners the gift of time to help them develop the social, emotional, and academic skills they need to succeed in kindergarten. 
    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year begins on January 24, 2022. Currently, our TK students attend school daily on a full-day schedule at one of four district locations. Registration in the TK program is optional and transportation is not provided. 

    TK Enrollment by Birthdate

    • Students born between 9/2/2016 - 12/2/2016 are eligible for TK in 2021-2022
    • Students born between 9/2/2017 - 2/2/2018 are eligible for TK in 2022-2023
    • Students born between 9/2/2018 - 4/2/2019 are eligible for TK in 2023-2024
    • Students born between 9/2/2019 - 9/1/2020 are eligible for TK in 2024-2025


    Kindergarten Enrollment by Birthdate

    • Students born between 9/2/2015 - 9/1/2016 are eligible for kindergarten in 2021-2022
    • Students born between 9/2/2016 - 9/1/2017 are eligible for kindergarten in 2022-2023


    How do I register my child?

    • For more information about registration, please visit the CSD Enrollment Website at
    • Register your student at their home school and the child will be placed in one of the TK schools, based on availability. Please see below the current schools in Cambrian School District that offer a TK program:
      • Bagby School
      • Fammatre School
      • Farnham School
      • Sartorette School

    What options do I have for my child since they are not eligible for Kindergarten?

    • Register at your home school for our TK program offered at sites throughout the district.
    • Stay or enroll in a private or public preschool.
    • Spend another year in the home environment. 


    Other things to consider

    • TK is a parent's choice. Some students might benefit from another year of preschool, while others might benefit from the Transitional Kindergarten program.
    • For more information, please contact your neighborhood school principal.


    Benefits of Transitional Kindergarten

    • School isn’t just about developing a child’s intellectual capabilities; there are emotional, social, and physical factors to consider.  Allowing an extra year for our young five-year-olds provides an opportunity for students to grow in these areas before facing the rigor of the academic world:
      • Improves social-emotional and cognitive development and focuses on self and social development and self-regulation skills.
      • TK is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience. TK students will be better prepared to succeed in traditional kindergarten and beyond.
      • Tremendous opportunity to integrate early learning and elementary systems.  Early childhood education reduces grade retention and special education placement.
    • CSD Transitional Kindergarten additional information.

    • On TKCalifornia, you will find valuable, easy-to-use support and tips that will get your child off to a strong start!