On September 30, 2010, the Governor signed SB 1381 establishing the Kindergarten Readiness Act which changed the kindergarten entry age and established the Transitional Kindergarten Program. The new law goes into effect for the 2012-2013 school year and requires students to be 5 years old by November 1, 2012. Students must be 5 years old by October 1, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year and by September 1, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year.
SB 1381 also requires school districts to establish a Transitional Kindergarten program for those students born between September and December. Attendance is not required but is encouraged to help students succeed the following year in a traditional kindergarten classroom. The curriculum will be based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations and aligned with the Kindergarten Standards.
In Fremont, we have established the “High Five” Transitional Kindergarten program to be implemented in schools in each attendance area. One or two classes will be Attendance Area Cluster Transition Kindergartens. Another class will be set up to serve as a Two-Year Transition Kindergarten in each attendance area. These students would attend transitional kindergarten the first year and then kindergarten the next year at their home school. Information regarding the location of these classes will be provided soon. Registration will be centralized and priority will be given to students with November birthdays, then October, and finally September. The exact date and location for registration will be announced soon.