Transitional Kindergarten

The Commission adopted its Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at the December 2020 Commission meeting. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has defined TK as a program of kindergarten for children not yet age five who do not have access to high-quality early learning experiences prior to kindergarten. We know the importance of kindergarten readiness on both short-term academic outcomes and long-term life outcomes and are excited that charter public schools can offer this much needed support to students in their communities. The Commission has built upon OSPI’s “Five Pillars of Transitional Kindergarten” while considering the unique considerations of the Charter School Act and charter public school operations. Over the course of the next months, the Commission will be developing a process for operational schools to petition the Commission to operate TK at their school.

 

To access the Commission’s Transitional Kindergarten Policy, please click here.

 

To learn more about Transitional Kindergarten from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, please visit:

https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/support-programs/early-learning-washington-state/state-funded-full-day-kindergarten/transitional-kindergarten