Transitional Kindergarten in CA- Am I the only one??
I've been looking for an article... a blog post, something that addresses this issue and haven't been able to find anything. Am I the ONLY one who takes issue with CA's new TK program?
For those who haven't heard about this program, it's a program that was started a couple years ago when CA began moving the kinder cut off date from December, back to September. They introduced this program for the kids who missed the new cutoff for kinder... so, as of next year, kids born between september 2nd- december 2nd.
So, essentially, it's state funded preschool ONLY for kids born between september 2nd-december 2nd.
I was at a long term facilities planning meeting the other night and brought up my concerns with TK and they didn't seem to "get it". Only one principal at the meeting had the same concerns, and she didn't know that TK was going to continue until that meeting, either.
So... am I missing something? Do you think it's fair to offer "free" preschool to only 1/4 of the population, and especially to the kids who will now be the oldest in their class?
I've written my state rep, the governor and the TK program to ask these questions... still waiting on a response.
ETA: This came up because I had thought this was a temporary "bridge" program, but at the facilities planning meeting they were planning for TK classrooms 5, 10, 20 years down the road. As far as I can tell, it's a permanent program.