A legislation that would allow all 4-year-olds to attend transitional kindergarten passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
Transitional kindergarten, known as TK, is a publicly funded education program that is offered to children who turn five between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 each year. California Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), who authored the bill, wants to change that and expand TK to all 4-year-old kids.
The California State PTA, a volunteer-led child advocacy association, is supporting the bill, but other groups like KinderCare, a for-profit daycare and early education provider, and the Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE), a nonprofit association of private childcare providers, oppose Sen. Dodd’s bill. PACE argues that high student-teacher ratios in public education would make it difficult to properly teach four-year-olds. Meanwhile, Sen. Dobb says the bill would provide more opportunities for early education during critical years for childhood development.
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