Transitional Kindergarten Information

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

Senate Bill (SB) 1381 (Chapter 705, Statues of 2010) amended California Education Code (Section 46300, 48000, and 48010) to change the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade and established a transitional kindergarten program beginning in the 2012–2013 school year.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK):

  • is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for young children.
  • is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is designed to support young 5-year-old students.
  • gives young learners a head start and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs.
  • is part of the public school system and is free for families.
  • is taught by credentialed teachers with extra training to teach young kindergarteners.
  • participates in all kindergarten activities such as Music, Library, and PE throughout the year.
  • students learn by working with the teacher in small and large groups and also have opportunities for independent exploration.

Age Requirements

According to state law (Ed Code 48000[c]), children are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten at the beginning of a school year, or whenever they move into the district.

  • In 2023–24, children are eligible for TK if they turn 5 between September 2 and April 2
  • In 2024–25, children are eligible for TK if they turn 5 between September 2 and June 2
  • In 2025–26, public schools are required to make TK available to all children who will have their fourth birthday by September 1 of the school year
  • Dates are inclusive

TK Schedule For 2023–24 School Year

Monday–Friday, 8:30am – 1:30pm

Locations & Tours

AUSD plans to have TK for the 2024–25 school year at both Marin Elementary and Ocean View Elementary. For tours, please fill out a tour request.

Before & After School Care

In addition to providing a preschool program, the Albany Children’s Center (ACC) coordinates the enrollment of students for before & after school care at Albany elementary schools. 
To enroll in AUSD childcare your student must first be pre-enrolled or enrolled in AUSD. You are then welcome to complete the Before & After School Care Application and submit it to Danielle Eichner at [email protected], or in person at 720 Jackson St. Other local community organizations also provide after school care in the area.

How to Enroll

Enrollment will begin February 1 for the following school year. For information on the enrollment process please click here.