Merced County Office of Education

Transitional Kindergarten

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Transitional kindergarten, which will be phased in throughout California starting in the fall of 2012, is an opportunity to provide the early foundations for school success for those children turning 5 years old between September and December. The first year of a two year kindergarten experience, transitional kindergarten provides a bridge between preschool and traditional kindergarten. Some districts in California have had similar programs in place for a number of years; others have started early implementation of these programs