Credit: Allison Shelley for American Education

Preschool students practice hammering plastic nails into a foam pad in a sensory center.

Credit: Allison Shelley for American Education

Preschool students practice hammering plastic nails into a foam pad in a sensory center.

Christopher Maricle & Teri DaviesJune 10, 2021

Early childhood experts agree that systemic educational equities cannot be addressed without equitable access to high-quality learning that spans from birth to age 5.

So it may come as a surprise that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to expand transitional kindergarten (TK) to all 4-year-olds is met with disapproval from early learning advocates. The announcement is well-intentioned; however, it comes with a host of problems.

TK is a public school program originally created to accommodate 4-year-olds turning 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Started

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