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

    03/13/2019

    Full-day transitional kindergarten (TK) and full-day kindergarten (K), at all 22 elementary schools beginning in August of 2019, is one element of the tentative agreement reached by Modesto City Schools and the Modesto Teachers Association on Thursday, March 7. The Board of Education and the Modesto Teachers Association must approve the tentative agreement before the plan for full-day kindergarten can move forward. At this time, we do not have dates for when the votes will occur.

     

    FAQs:

    1. How many schools will offer full-day TK/K?
       
      • If the tentative agreement is approved by the Board of Education and the Modesto Teachers Association, all 22 elementary schools will offer full-day TK/K.
    2. When will full-day TK/K begin?
       
      • If the tentative agreement is approved by the Board of Education and the Modesto Teachers Association, full-day TK/K will begin on the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year.
    3. When will the Board of Education and the Modesto Teachers Association vote on the tentative agreement?
       
      • At this time, we do not have dates for when the votes will occur.
    4. 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.
    5. How will I know if full-day TK/K has been approved?
      • You will receive a letter from your student’s school, and we will celebrate the approval of the tentative agreement on our website and social media. 

     

    Full-Day Transitional Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions