The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 (see Senate Bill 1381 and SB 634 below) was enacted to help ensure that children in California are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The new law amends the state Education Code relating to kindergarten. It creates a "transitional kindergarten" in order to give four year-olds who are born between September and December an additional year of preparation before entering kindergarten.
A Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Work Group has been formed to support students and teachers. TK teachers from Marin County meet 5 times per year to share curricular ideas, discuss teaching strategies, and develop assessment tools that are in alignment with the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, and the Common Core Standards, state guidelines for curriculum and instruction. This supportive, collaborative approach strengthens the TK program, benefitting the students and teachers.