Mary Ann Carousso, Administrator for Student Services KCUSD Bonnie Smith, Administrator for Resource Development, KCUSD Marcy Guthrie, Assistant Superintendent Curriculum & Instruction, KCUSD Michelle Willems, Riverview Kindergarten Teacher, KCUSD Kathi Kauk, AL Conner Kindergarten Teacher, KCUSD Mary Stanley, Principal Washington School, KCUSD Andrew Ware, Program Specialist, KCUSD Freda Kaprelian, KC Kids Barbara Just, Cal SAFE JoAnn Mares, First 5 Cindy Severn, Director Chapter One Preschool Marcy Davidson, Coordinator-RCC Lab Preschool Richelle Swallow- RCC Preschool Teacher Adrianna Gomez-FCEOC Jefferson Head Start
Receive and disseminate T-K Information Specific to Fresno County and Kings Canyon USD To collaborate, communicate, and articulate as we work together to ensure education for the youth of Reedley, Orange Cove and the mountain communities. To provide input in matters specific to T-K such as: Instructional Resources, Curriculum, Assessments, Report Cards, etc.
Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in September of 2010 (Senate Bill 1381) Rolls back the cutoff Kindergarten age start date for students to turn 5 from December 2 nd to September 1st Three Year Roll Out beginning in 2012-13
Amends the State Ed. Code to create Transitional Kindergarten for students born between September 2 and December 2nd Will offer the opportunity to 120,000 more children each year to have additional year of preparation
Changes kindergarten entry date from 5 years old by December 2 to September 1 so children enter kindergarten at age 5. Will offer developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with kindergarten standards ◦ Mastery vs. Exposure
Offers more options for parents, it is voluntary Provides the “gift of time” for students through a two year Kindergarten program Allows districts to offer a “modified kindergarten curriculum that is developmentally and age appropriate”
Year “0” – 2011–2012 ◦ Expect “clean up legislation” to offer further guidance to districts ◦ KCUSD to “Pilot” Transitional Kindergarten at 2 sites, 1 in Orange Cove and 1 in Reedley ◦ Priority to KCUSD kindergarten students with birthdates between November 2 and December 2, 2006.
Year 1 - 2012-2013 Adjusts Kindergarten start date to student being 5 on or before November 2, 2012 A child who will have his or her fifth birthday between November 2 and December 2 shall be admitted to a transitional kindergarten program maintained by the school district.
Year 2 – 2013-2014 Adjusts Kindergarten start date to student being 5 on or before October 2, 2013 Fifth birthday between October 2 and December 2 shall be admitted to a transitional kindergarten program maintained by the school district.
Year 3 – 2014-2015 (and thereafter) Adjusts Kindergarten start date to student being 5 on or before September 2, 2014 Fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 admitted to transitional kindergarten program maintained by the district.
Beginning Kindergarten at an older age improves children’s social and academic development. Provides a significant boost to test scores TK will generate savings to our education system through reduced special education and grade retention costs.
KCUSD on the FCOE T-K Steering Committee and T-K Professional Learning Community ◦ Marcy Guthrie, Bonnie Smith and Mary Stanley serve on one or both of these committees. ◦ Model in place in Kingsburg from which committee is learning.
Target Audience: ◦ District/Site leaders ◦ Kindergarten Teachers ◦ ECE Community and ◦ Parents
This year KCUSD gave students the “gift of time” by going to extended day K. Now the state is offering another way to provide more time. Kindergarten Registration Dates & Procedures
Communication with Community & Partners Facilities & Transportation Protocols Specific Transitions Pre School to T-K T-K to K or Grade 1 Instructional Resources & Curriculum Assessment & Reporting to Parents