With the state finally funding the program, transitional kindergarten classes will be offered in Vacaville (Calif.) Unified School District this coming school year, which begins Aug. 16.
All students who turn 5 between Nov. 2 and Dec. 2 are eligible to enroll, said Kim Forrest, the district's director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
A new, two-year statewide kindergarten program, transitional kindergarten provides an extra year of school for so-called "fall babies." Made possible by Senate Bill 1381, the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, it gradually moves up the age at which students can enroll in traditional kindergarten. For the coming year, incoming students must be 5 by Nov. 1. Next school year, they must be 5 by Oct. 1. Starting in 2014, the cutoff date is Sept. 1.
Forrest said the program, which will use a modified age-appropriate curriculum, "provides young learners with a high-quality early education at no cost to parents for students who missed this year's cut-off date for kindergarten due to California's new age requirement."
The transitional kindergarten program was in limbo for five months after Gov. Jerry Brown, contending with another round of budget shortfalls in Sacramento, announced in January that he believed the state should eliminate the mandate. Under the state budget approved earlier this month, the money became available, Forrest said.
With schools closed for the summer, parents should register students at the district's