kindergarten http://kvpr.org en Democrats Propose Universal Pre-K Programs http://kvpr.org/post/democrats-propose-universal-pre-k-programs <p>Providing transitional kindergarten for all the four-year-olds in California would cost about a $1 billion, but supporters say it would be worth it. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on a new proposal introduced today.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an elementary school near Sacramento, students in a transitional kindergarten class practice saying the date.</span></p><p>These kids are among several thousand California four-year olds enrolled in pre-K programs. Now state Senate Democrats want to make transitional kindergarten available to all four-year-olds.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:58:04 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26867 at http://kvpr.org Democrats Propose Universal Pre-K Programs California Launches New Grade Level "Transitional Kindergarten" http://kvpr.org/post/california-launches-new-grade-level-transitional-kindergarten <p>California now has a new school grade level called “transitional kindergarten”. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the goal is to make sure the youngest children are prepared to enter school.</p><p>More than 800 California school districts are offering transitional kindergarten for the first time. The program offers age appropriate curriculum for children who don’t meet the age requirements to attend traditional kindergarten. Senator Joe Simitian wrote the law creating the grade level. He says beginning school at an older age improves a child’s social and academic development.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:40:58 +0000 Amy Quinton 2463 at http://kvpr.org