Studies show that transitional kindergarten students are better prepared for school than other kids, yet only those born in a specific three-month period get to take advantage of it.
Some children are already behind their peers when they set foot in kindergarten, setting them up for an uphill climb that could last years. some of our children are not ready for them. It’s not just a wealthy versus poor gap, either. Even the most resourceful parents confront a bewildering array of options — and lack of options — for early childcare and preschool.
Making the leap from preschool to kindergarten can be jarring — for kids and parents.
San Diego Unified is pushing its preschool programs, but not every kid is qualified to attend — and navigating the red tape to get in can deter even the families that do meet the requirements.
San Diego Unified wants to make the new state-mandated program a half-day affair. That has some parents wondering whether the program would simply swap some educational disparities for new ones.
But there’s something for younger kiddos too: an extra year of
Tell us what you think about ‘transitional kindergarten.’