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Contra Costa Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project

The 2014-2015 Budget Act allocated $15 million statewide for the purpose of providing educational incentives for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) teachers and teachers in California State Preschool Programs (CSPP). Funding for the California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend (CTKS) project will be available through March 31, 2019 as one-time-only funding or until all available funding has been expended.

YOU may be eligible for an educational or professional development reimbursement opportunity through the California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project. Click on the link below for application information:

Learn more about the Contra Costa Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project »


Transitional Kindergarten Overview

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a state reform authored by Senator Simitian as
SB 1381. The bill changes the kindergarten entry age in California from five years old by December 2 to five years old by September 1. (Kindergarten Readiness Act, Simitian, 2010) The law incrementally moves the kindergarten entry age one month a year throughout a three-year period (California Education Code 48000):

  • In 2012-13 school year a kindergarten student will be required to be 5 years old
    by November 1
  • In 2013-14 school year a kindergarten student will be required to be 5 years old
    by October 1
  • In 2014-15 school year a kindergarten student will be required to be 5 years old
    by September 1

Transitional Kindergarten is year one of a two-year kindergarten experience. Transitional Kindergarten provides California's young children with the time necessary to develop the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to successfully complete kindergarten.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education is committed to supporting districts in the implementation of SB 1381 by providing facts about the law, resources, and additional local and statewide events and activities. For more information or questions please contact Lynn Mackey, Deputy Superintendent at (925) 942-3358 or by e-mail at

Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions

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Contra Costa County District Representatives

District Name/Title Email Phone
Antioch USD Fran Courter
Ed Services (925) 776-7500 ext. 53694
CCCOE Lynn Mackeey
Deputy Superintendent,
Ed Services (925) 942-3358
Lafayette SD Mary Maddux
Assistant Superintendent, C&I (925) 927-3510
Martinez USD Jessica Conkle
Coordinator, Ed Services (925) 335-5800 ext. 5966
Moraga SD Carolyn Parker
Ed Services (925) 377-4107
Mt. Diablo USD Mary Louise Newling
Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Schools (925) 682-8000 ext. 4023
Oakley UESD Anne Allen
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services (925) 625-6833
Orinda USD Kathy Marshall
Director, C&I (925) 254-4901 ext. 6206
Pittsburg USD Eileen Chen
Director, Elementary Education (925) 473-2371
San Ramon Valley USD Toni Taylor
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services (925) 552-5500 ext. 20914
WCCUSD Nia Rashidchi
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services (510) 231-1130

Upcoming Events and News

No events scheduled at this time

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Transitional Kindergarten Planning Guide
A Resource for Administrators of California Public School Districts

TK Guide coverComplete Guide (68 page PDF)

Section I - Getting Started: Program Structure and Design (pages 11-18 PDF)

Section II - Effective Instruction: Curriculum, and Assessment (pages 19-30 PDF)

Next Steps (pages 34-34 PDF)

References (pages 35-38 PDF)


Transitional Kindergarten Parent Engagement Toolkit
A Parent Outreach and Communications Resource for School Districts and Local Education Agencies Implementing Transitional Kindergarten


California Department of Education Websites
California Department of Education (CDE)
The California Department of Education home page
Kindergarten in CA (Kindergarten January 26, 2011)
California state law and information regarding admission to kindergarten
Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions regarding California state law relating to kindergarten
Kindergarten Continuance Form
Parental agreement for pupil to continue in kindergarten
Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations, Volume 1
The foundations for infants and toddlers describe competencies – knowledge and skills – that young children typically learn with appropriate support
Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1
The foundations for preschool-age children identify key domains of learning and guide instructional practice
Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1
Aligned with the foundations, the curriculum framework provides guidance on planning learning environments and experiences for young children

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Transitional Kindergarten Websites
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) California
Online resources to support the successful implementation of TK; online library (in progress)
Transitional Kindergarten FAQs from the CDE
Frequently asked questions regarding California state law relating to kindergarten
California State Senator Joe Simitian – SB 1381;
Kindergarten Age (2010)

Summary of SB 1381 and resources
SB 1381 Legislative Counsel's Digest
Additional Online Transitional Kindergarten Resources
Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Early Learning
The Early Learning website provides resources to support high-quality early care and education programs, school readiness and seamless transitions to kindergarten
Preschool California
A non-profit advocacy organization to increase access to high-quality early care and education; videos of TK implementation
California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)
CPIN, funded by CDE, conducts professional development on CDE publications such as the Preschool Learning Foundations and Framework
California Standards

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Page updated on: March 12, 2018

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