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Transitional Kindergarten (TK) & Kindergarten Enrollment

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) bridges the gap between preschool and kindergarten. The optional program provides students with an additional year of preparation, so they enter kindergarten with stronger academic, social, and emotional skills needed for future success in school. 

California is expanding TK programs to make it available to all 4-year-olds by 2025-2026. The new program will be gradually phased in to existing TK classrooms until it covers all 4-year-olds in the state.

For admittance into transitional kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year, students must turn 5 years of age between September 2, 2024 through June 2, 2024.

For admittance into kindergarten, students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2024.

To register a child for kindergarten or transitional kindergarten, parents/guardians should have the following documents available to scan:

  • 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: Up to date vaccinations (4 Polio (3 is acceptable if the last dose was given on or after the fourth birthday), 5 DTaP (4 is acceptable if the last dose was given on or after the fourth birthday), 2 MMR (both given on or after the first birthday), 3 Hepatitis B), and 2 Varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations or verification through CAIR-ME medical exemption process that the child has had chickenpox, confirmed by a physician. Letters of confirmation, personal exemptions, and religious exemptions for vaccinations are no longer accepted in California as of January, 2016. All exemptions must be processed through CAIR-ME.

  • 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.

Students who are not up to date on their immunizations will not be allowed to attend school until their immunizations are up to date.

Dual Language Academy

The Dual Language Academy (DLA) is committed to developing bilingual, biliterate, multicultural students. It uses a 50-50 model, in which instruction at each grade level is 50% in English and 50% in Spanish. To learn more about enrolling your incoming kindergartener in the program, please visit the Dual Language Academy or call (209) 574-1590.

Early Childhood Education

Modesto City Schools offers a variety of fully-subsidized (free) and partially-subsidized (sliding fee scale) Early Childhood Education program options to over 1,400 students up to the age of 12. Each program provides an outstanding educational experience which can foster a young child's intellectual, social, and emotional growth to prepare for a successful education.

To learn more about enrolling your student early childhood education programs such as preschool, visit the Early Childhood Education webpage or call 209-574-1651.