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CPIN Transitional Kindergarten Resources

boys playingCPIN Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Leads provide professional learning for TK teachers on the nine domains of the Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Frameworks. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released a letter regarding these new professional learning opportunities through CPIN. To learn more about in-person professional learning opportunities for TK teachers, please contact the CPIN regional lead in your region.

The California Department of Education has developed a variety of online resources for transitional kindergarten. Learn more

California Law: Education Code, Section 48000

The state of California provides guidance on utilizing the preschool learning foundations and the preschool curriculum framework as planning and curriculum resources in the transitional kindergarten classroom.

  • Transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that provides a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.
  • Transitional kindergarten programs are intended to be aligned to the California Preschool Learning Foundations. 

Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide

The TK Implementation Guide focuses on the essential components for school district administrators and teachers to consider as they develop comprehensive TK programs. 

California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework

The California Preschool Learning Foundations describe competencies—knowledge and skills—that most children can be expected to exhibit in a high-quality program before entering kindergarten. As a companion volume to the foundations, the California Preschool Curriculum Framework presents strategies for early childhood educators that enrich learning and development opportunities for all children.

The foundations and framework are designed to work together. While the foundations provide the background information to understand children’s developing knowledge and skills (the what), the curriculum framework offers guidance on how teachers and programs can support the learning and development that are described in the foundations (the how).

DRDP (2015): A Developmental Continuum for Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten

The DRDP Preschool Comprehensive View is an assessment instrument designed for teachers to observe, document, and reflect on the learning, development, and progress of all children during the kindergarten year. 

Calendar of Events

Check out the various types of DRDP fee-for-service teacher training available in your region. 

California Early Childhood Online (CECO)

To support early childhood teachers, the California Early Learning and Development System provides an integrated set of resources and self-paced online trainings based on state- of-the-art information for early learning and development and best practices in early education. 


The research featured in these video presentations on the language and literacy development, social-emotional development and history and social science domains, provided the overarching principles that guided the development for the preschool foundations.