Transitional Kindergarten

Universal transitional kindergarten is a developmentally and age-appropriate program taught by a qualified and credentialed teacher and certificated instructional aide that is available to 4-year-old children statewide through local school districts at NO COST to families.

For Parents

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) will soon be available for all 4-year-olds in California. Your child can start Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at the beginning of the school year following the birth dates:

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*Students born between 9/2/2018-4/2/2019 can start TK in 2023-2024, between 9/2/2019-6/2/2020 can start TK in 2024-2025, and between 9/2/2020-9/1/2021 can start in 2025-2026.

Regardless of the UPK program your family chooses, your child should experience an environment where:

  • Children of all abilities are supported and welcomed.
  • Each child’s culture, race, identity and language are respected.
  • Educators are ready to support dual language learners and encourage children to use their home language in the classroom.
  • Children are provided joyful learning that sparks their curiosity and sense of belonging.
  • Play-based learning activities are used to build the skills they need to succeed in TK-3rd Grade subjects.
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If you have any questions, please contact:

Joelle Faulkner
CIS Universal Pre-K
(530) 478-6400 x 2055
joellefaulkner@nevco.org