Travis Schools expands transitional kindergarten program

FAIRFIELD — Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Travis School District, said transitional kindergarten will include all 4-year-olds by the 2024-25 school year.

She discussed the district’s draft plan for transitional kindergarten at Tuesday night’s meeting.

“Over the next few years, more students will become eligible,” Brothers said.

The plan currently serves 4-year-olds who will turn 5 by December 2. Over the next four years, the age of eligibility increases to include two additional months of birthdays each year until all 4-year-olds are eligible by 2024-25.

Any student who qualifies for transitional kindergarten will be eligible for kindergarten the next school year, Brothers said.

The California Department of Education is asking districts to develop a plan for this expansion and answer some mandatory questions.

Because they have had TK for several years, the Travis team knows what is needed for the expansion and is in the process of finalizing those plans, including ordering additional teaching materials, furniture, and items. for the classroom and playground to accommodate growth, Brothers told the board. .

The district currently has three TK classes and will expand as needed to accommodate additional enrollment each year. Classes will have a maximum of 24 students with a TK teacher and teaching assistant in each class.

Additionally, TK will be a 200 minute per day program. Teachers have already met to begin planning for the expansion, including ordering additional teaching materials, supplies, furniture and technology (smart boards).

The district is eligible for $153,676 in universal grant funds for pre-kindergarten planning and implementation.

“This grant is great to help with teacher purchases,” Brothers said.

The breakdown of the expansion is as follows:

• Current: students reach the age of 5 between September 2 and December 2.
• 2022-23: 5th anniversary between September 2 and February 2.
• 2023-24: 5th anniversary between September 2 and April 2.
• 2024-25: 5th anniversary between September 2 and June 2.
• 2024-25: 4th birthday before Sept. 1 (all students who will be in kindergarten the following year).

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