Transitional Kindergarten

... a year of discovery



Welcome to IUSD's Transitional Kindergarten webpage. This online resource is the place for news and information about the Irvine Unified School District's efforts to establish a first-rate educational foundation for our youngest learners.


Transitional Kindergarten Parent Night

 IUSD will offer parents an opportunity to learn more about Transitional Kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year at our TK Parent Information Night on February 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm. 

The meeting will be held at Cadence Park (K-8)  School.

750 Benchmark

Irvine, CA 92618


TK Parent Night Flyer

To view materials from the TK Parent Information Night held for the 2019-20 school year, click on one of the following:

TK Parent Orientation Presentation

TK Parent Information Brochure

What is Transitional kindergarten?

TK is the first year of a two-year developmental kindergarten program servicing children who turn five between September 2nd and December 2nd. It is designed to build a solid foundation for success in school for “young” five year olds. The program is funded by the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 that changed the kindergarten entry age in 2014-2015 to Sept. 1.

Is your child eligible to enroll?

  Will your child turn 5 during this time period?
  September 2 through December 2

If the answer is "yes," your child is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.

how to enroll your child in tk

  1. Enrollment will begin February 28, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year; you can enroll through IUSD's online enrollment process, which can be started by clicking here or visiting Students who are enrolled and meet the eligibility requirements will automatically be enrolled in TK. 

  2. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully on the IUSD enrollment page to complete the registration process.

  3. To access TK Health Documents necessary for enrollment, click on each link:
    1. TK Immunization Requirements
    2. Report of Health Examination for School Entry
    3. TK Physical Waiver Form
  4. Upon completion of enrollment, if your assigned neighborhood school site does not offer TK, you will be designated to the closest site that does offer TK (based on space availability).

background Information

In 2010, California Legislation passed The Kindergarten Readiness Act, a bill changing the cut-off date for Kindergarten entry from December 2nd to September 1st. This change occurred in a three year phase in process beginning November, 2012. The cutoff date in CA now aligns with the majority of the states in the country. Also included in this CA bill is the mandate for districts to offer a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program for students who are affected by the change. The TK grade level is for IUSD students who will turn 5 between September 2 and December 2. Students whose birthday is on or before September 1st will begin kindergarten.

IUSD tK continuum of standards

Please click on the link to access the Continuum of Standards:

Continuum of Standards:

TK school sites 

Transitional Kindergarten is not offered at every elementary school site. Currently, The following sites offer tk:

Serving the Northern Area: Cypress Village, Portola Springs, Santiago Hills, Cadence Park, Northwood, Eastwood and Woodbury 

Serving the Central Area:  Deerfield, Springbrook, Meadow Park and Westpark

Serving the Southern Area: Alderwood, University Park and Turtle Rock 

Sites are located regionally and designated (upon completion of enrollment) based on assigned neighborhood school and space availability.

*Sites are subject to change based on enrollment.

questions and answers

What is the difference between Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten?

The Transitional Kindergarten classroom will provide developmentally appropriate thematic-based curriculum. The curriculum is a hybrid between the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Common Core Standards for Kindergarten. Students in the TK program will be provided a program that will bridge their early childhood experiences to those of the public school system.

Is my child required to go to a TK class if their birthday falls within the cut-off date?

No, it is an optional program for families.

Can my child enter kindergarten if they are eligible for the TK class?

No, kindergarten entry is based on the new cut-off dates.

Where will the TK classes be held?

The classes will be held at elementary school sites within IUSD. Sites are located regionally and designated (upon completion of enrollment) based on assigned neighborhood school and space availability.

If the TK class is not offered at my child's neighborhood school, where will they go?

Based on space availability, they will go to the TK classroom at the school closest to your child's neighborhood school. Please keep in mind this is a one year program; your child will return to their assigned neighborhood school the following school year.

Which school will my child attend for kindergarten if they go to a different school for TK?

Your child will still go to their assigned neighborhood school for kindergarten, unless you choose to pursue IUSD's Open Enrollment and follow those procedures.

Will there be transportation to the schools offering TK classes?

No, again, TK is not compulsory, and transportation would be cost-prohibitive. It is the parents' responsibility to transport their children to their TK program.

Can my child participate in TK if his/her birthday is in August?

IUSD'S TK program will only be available for students who turn five years old between September 2 and December 2. Children turning 5 on or before September 1 are eligible for Kindergarten in IUSD.

additional tk resources

To learn more about Transitional Kindergarten, please visit the California Department of Education website at:


TK California Website:


For more information on before/after school care, please visit the City of Irvine at: 


Irvine Child Care Project


On-Site Before/After School Care Program Listing