Transitional Kindergarten

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Transitional Kindergarten Extended Day Program

Beginning next year, we will be offering a NEW Early Learning Extended-Day Program for our TK students. Knowing some families will need afternoon care for their TK students, SCSD will offer an enriching, extended-day program for our littlest students in collaboration with our preschool program from the end of the school day until 5:30 pm.
Registration for the TK Extended-Day Program will open on Tuesday, Jan 18 at 1:00 pm REGISTER here.
For more information, please reach out to Preschool Director, Sue Dawley, if you have any questions about this new program at

TK Extended-Day Program Sample Schedule*
  • 1:25 - 2:00 pm - Rest Time/Quiet Reading Time
  • 2:00 - 2:15 pm - Music & Movement Circle
  • 2:15 - 3:15 pm - STEAM Activities 
  • 3:15 - 3:45 pm - Spanish Language Circle
  • 3:45 - 4:00 pm - Snack
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Outside Time (soccer, basketball, etc.)
  • 5:00 - 5:30 pm - Stories/Library
    *Approximate times are given and adjusted based on Early or Late Bird Student Schedule

Health & Safety Measures

We follow all San Mateo County health requirements including:

  • Face coverings are required for all staff and students at all times
  • Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting
  • Air purifiers in every classroom with windows and doors are open for ventilation
Monthly Tuition for TK Extended-Day Program

Early Birds 1:30-5:30 pm  |  Late Birds 2:30-5:30 pm

5-Day Early Bird 4-Day Early Bird 3-Day Early Bird 2-Day Early Bird
$900 $800 $650 $500
5-Day Late Bird 4-Day Late Bird 3-Day Late Bird 2-Day Late Bird
$800 $700 $550 $400

Monthly Fees -
Our fees are prorated for ten (10) even, monthly payments for the 180 days we are open during the year. We also offer staff and sibling discounts. Our staff are school district employees and follow the same calendar as the District. We are closed when schools are closed and our fees are adjusted accordingly. There is no additional discount for school holiday or break schedules. There is a $75 non-refundable registration fee. Once we receive your registration, your spot will be secured in the program and an email confirmation will follow. 


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Universal Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

With the passage of the 2021-2022 California budget, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) will be expanded, with full implementation of Universal TK slated for the 2025-26 school year. Expansion begins in 2022-23 and incrementally increases eligibility for TK based on children’s birthdates, until Universal TK is achieved by 2025-26 and will include all children who turn 4 before September 1 of the current school year.

School Year Extends TK Eligibility to any child who turns 5 between:
2022-23    Sep 2, 2022 - Feb 2, 2023
2023-24    Sep 2, 2023 - Apr 2, 2024
2024-25    Sep 2, 2024 - Jun 2, 2025
2025-26 and every year   thereafter   All students who will have their fourth birthday by September 1 of the upcoming school year are eligible for TK (universal eligibility)


What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning five-years old between September 2, 2022 through February 2, 2023. It provides young learners a head start and the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs.

The TK curriculum is a blend of California Common Core Kindergarten standards and the CA Preschool Foundations for five-year olds. The TK program gives students an additional opportunity to continue to build their skills and abilities. Their time in TK will help them to succeed in Kindergarten, become leaders in the classroom, and confidently navigate the school day routine.
The TK class provides more opportunities for social-emotional and language development, including mathematics functions through interactive, hands-on activities, which helps students develop and build upon existing skills to be successful in kindergarten, and stimulating classroom centers, which focus on science, mathematics, writing, arts and crafts, community roll play, etc.

TK is part of the public school system and is free to participating students. Registration in the program is optional. Students attend the one-year program and the following year begin Kindergarten. Credentialed teachers using the district-adopted curriculum teach Transitional Kindergarten.

Smaller Class-Size
Small class sizes are optimal to give younger students the attention they need. Individual instruction is a pillar of quality early education. For the 2022-23 school year, TK classrooms will have 12:1 student-to-TK teacher/TK aide ratio. The program will transition to 10:1 ratio of student-to-TK teacher/TK aide by the 2023-24 school year. Many preschool settings enjoy an even smaller ratio. San Carlos School District Preschools, for instance, generally have an 9:1 ratio in their programs.


Teacher Credentialing
Currently, TK teachers are required to have a multiple-subject teaching credential, the same credential teachers need for all the elementary grades. By 2023, TK teachers also need to complete an additional 24 units of early childhood education coursework or the equivalent or they will need to hold a Child Development Permit. Transitional Kindergarten is intended to give young learners a head start and provide them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs. Teachers help children develop social and communication skills through activities that build confidence while supporting the Traditional Kindergarten curriculum of math, literacy, and language development taught in interactive ways.


Registration for the 2022-23 School Year
For the upcoming school year, parents of students who turn 5 between September 2 and February 2, 2023 will register their children for Transitional Kindergarten (TK), which is part of the public school system and is free to participating students. Please see our How To Register for the 2022-23 School Year page to learn more about the process and required documents, and contact your school directly if you have any additional questions. Additionally, please see our Key Dates for Registration page for more information on upcoming registration events and deadlines.

TK Schedule

TK & Kindergarten (Early Bird) 8:25 am 9:45-10:00 am 12:00-12:40 pm 1:25 pm
TK & Kindergarten (Late Bird) 9:25 am 9:45-10:00 am 12:00-12:40 pm 2:25 pm
- On Wednesdays and minimum days, all students begin school at 8:25 and are dismissed at 12:25. There is no lunch period on Wednesdays.