Important Update regarding Transitional Kindergarten (TK) in SFUSD
Updated March 6, 2012

In mid-January, the Governor proposed eliminating funding and the mandate for Transitional Kindergarten as part of his state budget proposal. The legislature is required by law to adopt its budget by July 1 of each year. Given the uncertainty of whether or not California is going to fund and continue to mandate Transitional Kindergarten, SFUSD will offer TK at Havard Early Education School and McLaren Early Education School to students who are born between November 2 and December 2, 2007.

At this time the SFUSD Educational Placement Center is accepting applications from parents who wish to enroll their child in a TK program at these two sites. SFUSD will guarantee a TK placement at one of these two schools. If these schools become fully enrolled, SFUSD will offer every eligible student a TK placement at another SFUSD Early Education school.

Next Steps for Parents interested in TK at Havard or McLaren Early Education schools:
Please submit your application for TK by May 25, 2012. Notification of assignment will be mailed out to families by June 1, 2012.


Why is the district changing course and not offering TK in elementary schools district-wide next year as originally planned?

In the Governorís proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year, school districts would not receive any funding for Transitional Kindergarten and the state would not mandate districts to offer it. Given that SFUSD cannot afford to offer Transitional Kindergarten in every school if it is not funded by the state, SFUSD will offer TK at two sites: Havard Early Elementary School and McLaren Early Elementary School.

While the California Department of Education continues to provide updates and the situation may change over the course of the next several months, the uncertainty regarding the Governorís proposal prevents the District from providing TK in the elementary schools as originally planned. SFUSDís elementary school assignment process is already underway for approximately 14,000 families, and the District cannot place TK applicants into integrated kindergarten programs without potentially disrupting kindergarten assignments district-wide if the TK requirement is eliminated.. In order to minimize disruption to the majority of the applicant families and to act in a financially responsible manner, the District needs to plan for stand-alone TK programs at sites that can accommodate TK children.

The Governorís budget is just a proposal. What if the legislature decides to mandate and/or fund Transitional Kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year?

SFUSD will meet the requirement currently in law by offering TK spots at two Early Education sites with room to grow in 2012-2013: Havard and McLaren Early Education schools. SFUSD will notify any parent who has requested a TK slot to determine whether or not they wish to enroll in TK at Havard or McLaren Early Education schools.

How do I hold a spot for my child in TK at Havard and/or McLaren Early Education schools?

At this time the SFUSD Educational Placement Center is accepting applications from parents who wish to enroll their child in a TK program Havard or McLaren. Families should complete both the general enrollment application and the TK supplemental form.

What if more families want to go to Havard or McLaren for TK than there are spaces available?

Havard and McLaren Early Education Schools have room to grow. If there are more requests for a site than spaces available, the SFUSD Kindergarten tie-breakers will be used to determine placement. If more families request TK than there are spaces available at both sites, then another site may be identified.

If I do not want to hold a spot for my child in TK at McLaren or Havard Early Education schools, what else can I do to ensure a school placement for him or her?

If your child is in preschool and will not turn 5 by the November 1st deadline, the District recommends that you ensure your preschool provider can maintain a space for your child for the 2012-2013 school year. If your child is not enrolled in a SFUSD Early Education school and you would like to enroll him or her for the 2012-13 school year, you may find out more information about eligibility for SFUSD preschool placements by contacting the Early Education Department at (415) 750-8500.