Why is TUSD Initiating Jumpstart Kindergarten?
A new law was recently passed in California changing the age when children can begin kindergarten. Under this new law, children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014 to enroll in kindergarten. Previously, children could be enrolled in kindergarten if they turned 5 years old by December 2nd.
What is Jumpstart Kindergarten?
Jumpstart Kindergarten focus:
Classroom facilities and teachers: Jumpstart Kindergarten will be taught by a credentialed teacher at designated school sites.
School day: Students go to school every day on the same traditional calendar as other TUSD schools. Times and locations have yet to be determined.
Curriculum and learning: Students learn important new skills including oral language, reading readiness, math and science. We will also concentrate on social‐emotional development and self‐regulation. These skills build on what they may have learned in preschool and help them adjust to the elementary school environment.
A bilingual curriculum will also be available.
Learning environment: Students learn by playing and working with peers, guided and supported by the teacher in a group setting.
Who Can Attend?
A child shall be admitted to Jumpstart Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if the child will have his/her birthday and turn 5 between:
- 2013‐2014‐ Oct 2nd & Dec 2nd
- 2014‐2015+ ‐Sept 2nd or After
Where Will Programs Be Held?
Jumpstart Kindergarten classes are centralized services. You will be notified during the summer of the school site where your child will attend.
How Can I Learn More?
Jumpstart Registration packets will be available at all school sites and at the DEC beginning January 9, 2013. Completed packets need to be returned to the DEC attn.: Student Services.
Parents will be asked to provide:
Child’s Birth Certificate (or other approved proof of name and birthdate)
Proof of residency (3 items: rental agreement, current utility bill, driver’s license, bank statement, auto insurance or other document verifying address)
Parent’s Picture ID
Completed Registration Packet
Court or Legal Custody documents, if applicable
For questions, please call the Student Services Department at 209.830.3280.