How Transitional Kindergarten Helps Younger Children Prepare for School
Created in 2010 by the Kindergarten Readiness Act, transitional kindergarten offers younger children in California additional time to prepare for school. Transitional kindergarten, the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for students with birthdays between September and December, provides an additional year of early education to approximately 120,000 children each year, with the goal of promoting their school readiness.
Supported by its partners, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and First 5 California, AIR is studying the impact of transitional kindergarten in California on children’s academic and social-emotional skills in kindergarten, and how these impacts are related to program quality characteristics.
Key findings from the most recent report show that transitional kindergarten has an impact on students’ kindergarten readiness, including on preliteracy and literacy skills, mathematical knowledge and problem-solving skills, and children's behavioral self-regulation.
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