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Transitional Kindergarten Information

Universal Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

With the passage of the 2021-2022 California budget, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) will be expanded, with full implementation of Universal TK slated for the 2025-26 school year. Expansion begins in 2022-23 and incrementally increases eligibility for TK based on children’s birthdates, until Universal TK is achieved by 2025-26 and will include all children who turn 4 before September 1 of the current school year. 

• Children who will turn five on or after September 2, 2023 and up to and including April 2, 2024 are eligible for a Transitional Kindergarten option.

School Year Extends TK Eligibility to any child who turns 5 between:
2023-24    Sep 2, 2023 - Apr 2, 2024
2024-25    Sep 2, 2024 - Jun 2, 2025
2025-26 and every year thereafter   All students who will have their fourth birthday by September 2 of the upcoming school year are eligible for TK (universal eligibility)


Date of Birth  TK-Eligible Year  Kindergarten Eligible School Year
September 2, 2017 – February 2, 2018 2022-2023 2023-2024
February 3, 2018 – September 1, 2018 not eligible for TK 2023-2024
September 2, 2018 – April 2, 2019 2023-2024 2024-2025
April 3, 2019 – September 1, 2019 not eligible for TK 2024-2025
September 2, 2019 – June 2, 2020 2024-2025 2025-2026
June 3, 2020 – September 1, 2020 not eligible for TK 2025-2026
September 2, 2020 – September 1, 2021 2025-2026 2026-2027
September 2, 2021 – September 1, 2022 2026-2027 2027-2028
September 2, 2022 – September 1, 2023 2027-2028 2028-2029
September 2, 2023 – September 1, 2024 2028-2029 2029-2030


What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning five-years old between September 2, 2023 through April 2, 2024. It provides young learners a head start and the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs. TK is part of the public school system and is free to participating students. Registration in the program is optional. 

Registration for the 2023-24 School Year
For the upcoming school year, parents of students who turn 5 between September 2 and April 2, 2024 will register their children for Transitional Kindergarten (TK), which is part of the public school system and is free to participating students. 

After residency and age eligibility is established (click here for more information) the following must be submitted:

  1. Student Enrollment Information
  2. Copy of student's birth certificate or passport
  3. Complete Immunization Record (CA Health and Safety Code, section 120325-80)

    • 4 doses of Polio vaccine (3 doses meet the requirement if the last dose was received on or after the 4th birthday)

    • 5 doses of DTP - diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (4 doses meet the requirement if the last dose was received after the 4th birthday)

    • 2 doses of MMR – measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on or after the first birthday

    • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine

    • 2 doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine 

All students enrolling in Montecito Union School District need to be up to date on their immunizations according to California Law.  To ensure your child can start school, please make sure ALL forms and immunization records must be submitted to the school office BEFORE the first day of kindergarten.  For a list of required immunizations, view Parent's guide to Immunizations required for school entry.   According to California immunization law, students in the TK program are subject to the same immunization requirements as kindergarten.  Since TK is considered the first year of a two-year kindergarten program, the TB requirement to enter the TK program will be subject to the same requirement as kindergarten.

       4. Report of Health Examination for School Entry 

       5. Oral Health Assessment  

       6. Verification of identity of parent, caregiver, licensed foster agency or group home representative, or California Superior Court-appointed legal guardian:

  • A Driver’s License (any photo driver’s license or CA ID Card is permitted) OR,
  • A Passport with photo ID
  • If an agent or representative of social services or foster care agency, appropriate identification

       7. Kindergarten Questionnaire 

       8. Online registration (the link will be emailed once all documents are submitted)

       9. Authorization to Administer Medication(s) In accordance with California Education Code Section 49423, the following form must be completed if you and your child’s physician determine that medication(s) must be taken during the school day or during school sponsored trips/outings/events. For more information plase click here

Important Dates

March 9, 2022 5:30 pm-6:30 pm at the Montecito Union School Bell Tower TK/Kindergarten Information Night, please RSVP here

May 2022- TK/Kindergarten Assessments (More information to come)

August 24, 2022 First Day of School (Transitional Kindergarten student day ends at 12:30 p.m. each day)

2022-2023 Montecito Union School Calendar 

2022-2023 Bell Schedule