About Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first of a two-year kindergarten program that is developmentally appropriate and aligned to the Preschool Learning Foundations. TK serves as a bridge between preschool and traditional kindergarten, utilizing a modified kindergarten curriculum taught by a credentialed teacher. TK provides young learners with a head start, providing them an opportunity to learn and grow. For 2021-22, children turning 5 between September 2nd and December 2nd are eligible to enter TK. 

For TK resources for educators, including from the November 18th 2021 regional webinar, please visit the VCOE TK Resources Google Drive. For additional TK enrollment information for families, please contact your local school district. You may also visit CDE’s website on TK: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp


View VCOE's Countywide plan for Universal PreKindergarten by clicking the link below.




UPK Convenings and Guidance


Ventura County UPK Network


Watch this space for announcements on 2022-2023 UPK Network efforts!


UPK Network Resources


Google Drive



Zoom Office Hours

UPK Office Hours will continue for the 2022-23 school year. A schedule will be announced later this summer. 


Guidance for County Offices of Education


Webinar 1: Basics of Implementation, Communication,
Organizing to Provide Technical Assistance, and UPK Plans


Webinar 2: P-3 Alignment, Budgeting, Workforce,
Facilities, Learning Through Play, & Curriculum


TK Resources


Coaching and Training Supports for Transitional Kindergarten
  • Coaching and training is available at the district level for TK teachers to support and advance classroom skills.
  • Training opportunities are available for district leadership to provide relevant information for ongoing administrative support of TK programming.


Free Online Professional Development Available
Administrators and teachers can now access FREE online TK professional learning modules at www.tkplonline.org. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available through UC Davis for a fee.

Alicia McFarland
Early Childhood Programs

Or email TeachTK@vcoe.org 

TK Kids