Early Kinder Program

Early Kinder Program


Early Kinder (also called Transitional Kindergarten) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for children who turn age five on September 2nd through and including December 2nd.

The Early Kinder classes are taught by a credentialed teacher with a developmentally appropriate curriculum, which promotes a strong foundation and prerequisite skills needed for student success in kindergarten. Early Kinder is an optional program that gives children an additional year of preparation so they enter kindergarten with stronger academic, social, and emotional skills needed for future success in school.

Why Early Kinder?

Early Kinder students are often academically, emotionally, and socially not ready for the today’s traditional kindergarten. With the rigor of today’s California Content Standards, our students may need additional time to adjust to what is expected in kindergarten. The Early Kinder Program gives these kindergarten students “the gift of time” to develop the social, emotional, and academic skills necessary to build self-confidence and promote success in school and success beyond their school years.

What is the difference between Early Kinder and Preschool?

Preschool provides an early childhood educational learning opportunity for children three and four years of age. Early Kinder is a further extension of preschool. It offers a child an additional year to prepare for traditional kindergarten and its rigorous program standards. Neither Preschool nor Early Kinder is required, but both programs deliver a separate age appropriate curriculum that builds a developmental foundation for our children.

What is the difference between Early Kinder and traditional kindergarten?

Early Kinder is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. The Early Kinder environment includes appropriate curriculum opportunities for language development, foundations of mathematics, and social-emotional development through dramatic play, small group instruction, and intentional teaching through hands-on activities to achieve readiness for traditional kindergarten. Traditional kindergarten is a one year program with a curriculum based on the California Content Standards.