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. For the 2022–2023 school year, eligible students would be turning 5 years old between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023.

TK–3 Program

Grades TK–3 have a staggered start and end time to allow for small group reading instruction at the beginning and end of the day. With a reduced class size during the reading hours, teachers can provide differentiated instruction and address specific reading issues.


TK & K
AM: 8:10 am - 11:30 am
PM: 11:50 am - 3:10 pm
Early Bird: 8:30 am - 1:55 pm
Late Bird: 9:40 am - 3:05 pm

Locations & Tours

Currently Transitional Kindergarten classes are held at the following site. If you are interested in scheduling a school tour, please contact Albany Children's Center directly:
  • Albany Children's Center: (510) 559-6590

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 3 of the 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 Wait List Application and submit it to Yasmin Rodriguez 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, 2022 for the 2022–23 school year. For information on the enrollment process please click here.