Funding TK

As the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience, transitional kindergarten is fully funded by Average Daily Attendance (ADA) dollars. 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
2014 and beyond Sept. 1

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

Professional Development Funds

CDE released award notifications for $15 million in California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend (CTKS) funds for professional development, secured through the 2014-15 state budget. This grant funding is intended to supplement existing efforts and investments to transitional kindergarten teachers and Title 5 California State Preschool Program teachers.

Grantees must use CTKS funds for educational and professional development expenses related to early learning, including 1) stipends for credentialed teachers to complete at least 24 units in early childhood education or child development or both; 2) registration costs; 3) tuition; 4) Continuing Education Units in early childhood education, 5) official transcripts that prove the required accredited college units in early childhood education or child development, or a combination of both; and, 6) books. First priority is given to transitional kindergarten teachers, then preschool teachers.

The stipends will be administered by local planning councils (LPCs)—which plan for child care and development services based on the needs of families in the local community—and funding will be expended by June 2017. Starting immediately, semi-annual reports to CDE are due the end of July and January of each year. Grantees should seek legal counsel to determine safeguards to protect public interest and address potential conflicts of interest.

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.