Last week, Assembly Bill 22, which Assemblymember Janet Nguyen is a co-author, passed the Assembly floor. This bill will open up Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Education for all 4 year-olds in the State of California.
TK programs give a child the experience of being in a school environment and learning beyond what takes place at home. For many children, this is their first-ever experience in a school setting. For others, it may be a time of transition, moving up from preschool to elementary school. Regardless, it’s an important and special milestone.
“As a full-time working mother of two elementary school boys, I understand the importance of providing TK education to working families,” said Assemblymember Janet Nguyen. “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us and our children and has created gaps in early childhood development, increased trauma and social-emotional needs, and economic insecurity for families. Our state needs an Early Childhood Education system that can prepare our youngest learners for success in kindergarten and beyond.”
TK has been proven to give children a significant boost in reading and math skills, particularly for low-income students and Dual Language Learners. TK programs are designed to teach social and emotional skills, such as self-confidence and cooperation, and early academic skills, such as numbers and letters. The bill provides parents with a free, high-quality pre-K option while maintaining parent choice as families can choose the childcare program that best meets their unique needs. Parents can choose California State Preschool Program, Head Start, private preschool, general childcare, or any other program that works best for their family.
“I am honored to represent and fight for the working families and single parents in our community. I am a proud co-author and supporter of AB 22 and will continue to work toward providing TK education for all working families in our state.”
AB 22 is now headed to the California State Senate.