Funding TK

The Kindergarten Readiness Act, which established transitional kindergarten, is intact and unchanged by the 2012-13 state budget, which was signed into law by Gov. Brown in June 2012. This means transitional kindergarten is fully funded by Average Daily Attendance (ADA) dollars.

Because Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience, your district will receive the same full ADA funding rate for TK students that you receive for all kindergarten students (in some cases you will need to use a Kindergarten Continuance Form). In addition to core ADA funding, you also have other funding sources that can support your TK classrooms. Depending on how you decide to structure your TK classrooms across your district (e.g. TK classes in select schools, TK/K combo classes, etc.), your funding approaches may vary.

For more information about TK funding, please see the Funding section in our Roadmap for administrators.

Academic Year Kindergarten Entry Date Continuance Forms Needed For TK
2013-2014 Oct. 1 Children born in Sept.

2014 and beyond Sept. 1

No continuance form is required for children born between Sept. 2 - Dec. 2. 

Reporting TK in CALPADS

Beginning the 2013-2014 school year, the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) requires student participation in TK to be reported. Districts should connect with their Information Technology staff to be sure the data system is properly recording students in TK. As with all public school students in California, each transitional kindergarten student will be assigned a unique identifier, or SSID, which will allow California to track data and progress as students grow. If you are reporting student participation, TK students will be designated as the following code sets:

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten
  • Education Program: Transitional Kindergarten (code: 185)

As school districts implement the use of the TK identifier, the state will be able to track the impact that TK has on student outcomes.

Click here for a memo from the California Department of Education for more information.