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ERIC Number: ED557629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Transitional Kindergarten in California: Early Outreach, Enrollment, and Parent Perspectives. Research Brief
Cadigan, Michele; Quick, Heather; Manship, Karen
American Institutes for Research
When transitional kindergarten (TK) in California began in the 2012-13 school year, there were many questions about this new grade--available typically to only those children born during the month of November. Parents wondered: What is TK? Who is eligible? Does my district offer TK? Is TK right for my child? With the delayed final approval of TK at the state level, stakeholders across the state wondered how districts would recruit families and roll out a new program in such a short time frame. Who would show up on the first day of school? And what would they find when they arrived? American Institutes for Research explored these TK issues as part of an in-depth investigation of the program's first year of implementation, with subsequent follow-up with a subset of districts in the second year. This implementation study is the first phase of the statewide Study of California's Transitional Kindergarten Program. The second phase, now underway, examines the quality and impacts of TK. This third research brief in a series investigating TK implementation in Year 1 focuses on district outreach efforts, parent perceptions of TK, and TK student demographics. The following questions are addressed: (1) How did districts approach parent outreach: (2) How did parents decide whether to enroll their children in TK; (3) Who actually enrolled in TK; and (4) What did parents think of their children's TK experiences? Findings from this study point to the challenges districts faced in recruiting children for TK during the first year of TK implementation. District administrators also described other parents who were not aware of the TK program or who were concerned that TK was a remedial program and did not want to send their children to a program they did not understand. Despite these challenges, there were no particular demographic groups of students disproportionately left out of TK.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation; First 5 California; Heising-Simons Foundation
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research
Identifiers - Location: California