Early Childhood Education
Resources for Parents
Finding the Best Educational Program for your four-year old
Parents of four-year-olds face a unique range of educational options for their child in California. Attending a high-quality early education program prepares children to learn and succeed by developing pre-reading, math and social skills helping them to be ready for kindergarten and beyond. Click here to download a bilingual flier about finding the best educational program for your four-year-old.
TK Frequently Asked Questions
This document, available in English and Spanish, provides answers to many questions frequently asked by parents about TK. Click here to download the Sonoma County TK Parent FAQ | Spanish version
Resources for Educators
The California Department of Education defines continuance as more than one school year in kindergarten. EC Section 48011 requires a child who has completed a year of kindergarten to be promoted to first grade, unless the parent or guardian and the district agree that the child may continue in kindergarten not more than one additional school year. Learn more about continuance and access the Kindergarten Continuance form in multiple languages.
California Kindergarten Association
The mission of the California Kindergarten Association is to foster the development of the whole child by promoting best practices in teaching and learning.
California Preschool Learning Foundations
The Preschool Learning Foundations, Volumes 1-3, outline the knowledge and skills that most young children can achieve through interactions, instruction, and environments that promote early learning and development.
CCSESA: TK Professional Resource Guide for Administrators
The guide provides a comprehensive list of online resources in the following areas:
- Developmentally Appropriate Teaching and Learning
- Professional Development and Articulation
- Family and Community Engagement
- Transitional Kindergarten Policy, Reports and Resources
CDE: Kindergarten in California
This page on the CDE website provides details regarding California law and information related to admission to kindergarten.
CDE: Transitional Kindergarten FAQs
CDE provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding California state law regarding Transitional Kindergarten.
CPIN North Coast
California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) provides professional development and technical assistance to preschool teachers and administrators to ensure preschool children are ready for school. The North Coast regional staff provide assistance to early childhood educators in Sonoma County.
Early Edge California
Early Edge focuses on the earliest foundational steps on the path to college and careers – from birth to third grade. Kindergarten readiness is one of this organization’s goals.
First 5 Sonoma County
First 5 Sonoma County invests in Sonoma County’s youngest children by funding programs and services that promote, support, and improve the early development of children from the prenatal stage through age five.
This website offers resources and information on California’s transitional kindergarten implementation.