• Full-Day Transitional Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    03/13/2019

    It’s official! Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, we will offer full-day transitional kindergarten (TK) at four elementary schools and full-day kindergarten (K) at all 22 elementary schools. The Board of Education approved the Tentative Agreement at a Special Board Meeting on April 1, and the Modesto Teachers Association ratified the Tentative Agreement at their General Membership Meeting April 4. 

    FAQs:

    1.    How many schools will offer full-day TK/K?

    • We will offer full-day TK at four elementary schools and full-day K at all 22 elementary schools.

    2.    When will full-day TK/K begin?

    • Full-day TK/K will begin on the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year.

    3.    Which four schools will host the TK classes?

    • Burbank, Franklin, Sonoma and Tuolumne elementary schools will host the TK classes.

    4.    Why aren’t all sites offering TK?

    • There aren’t enough students enrolled in TK to provide a class at each site. TK classes are located in geographic regions across Modesto City Schools, based on enrollment. Transportation will be provided for students attending a TK class at a school other than their neighborhood school.

    5.     Is transportation provided?

    • Transportation is provided for students attending a TK class located at any school other than their neighborhood school.

    6.    What are the age requirements for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten?

    • For admittance into transitional kindergarten, students must turn 5 years of age between September 2 and December 2 in the year of enrollment. For admittance into kindergarten, students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1 in the year of enrollment. 

    7.    How do I register my child?

    • Register your child at your neighborhood school. If you are unsure which school is your neighborhood school, use the “Locate My School” tool on our website. For additional information, please call (209) 574-1599.

    8.    What documentation do I need to register my child?

    • To register children for TK/K, parents/guardians should bring:
      • Proof of child’s date of birth (certified copy of Birth Certificate, Notarized Affidavit of Birth, Baptismal Certificate, Physician’s Certificate/Hospital Certificate, County Recorder’s Certificate, Passport, or Family Bible. Ed Code 48002).
      • Child’s current Immunization record including:  four (4) Polio (three (3) is acceptable if the last dose was given on or after the fourth birthday), five (5) DTP (four (4) is acceptable if the last dose was given on or after the fourth birthday), two (2) MMR, three (3) Hepatitis B, and two (2) Varicella (chicken pox) or proof that child has had chicken pox confirmed by a health care provider.
      • Verification of residence (utility bill, receipts from rent or property tax payments).
      • Proof of child’s health screening (physical exam) within the last 12 months.
      • Proof of dental exam within the last 12 months.

    9.    Why move to full-day TK/K?

    • Seventy percent of all districts across California have moved to a full-day program.
    • The increase of instructional minutes is needed to address the rigor of all academic standards.
    • Research proves students in full-day programs have higher reading scores and increased social skills.
    • The additional time will allow teachers to address the different needs of all students.
    • Many families struggle to find half-day child care, with a full-day program, that is not necessary.