Early Edge California is proud to co-sponsor AB 22 to expand Universal Transitional Kindergarten to all 4-year-olds.

AB 22 will extend universal access to full-day transitional kindergarten (TK) programs to all 4-year-olds statewide at no cost to families. By ensuring that each child in California has access to a year of high-quality Pre-K, this bill sets students up for success in kindergarten and beyond.

  • Builds upon the state’s landmark TK program to phase in full-day, universal pre-kindergarten by providing a year of TK for all 4-year-olds.
  • Implements TK quality improvements to address the social-emotional and early academic development of California’s youngest learners.
  • Lowers staff to student ratios to enable educators to meaningfully interact with each child.
  • Creates a standard curriculum that bridges the gap between preschool and kindergarten.
  • Adds capacity to serve more 3-year-olds in California State Preschool (CSPP) and Head Start, as well as infants and toddlers thanks to companion legislation.
This legislation is part of a 2021 early childhood education (ECE) Legislative package, which aligns with recommendations in the Governor’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care and the Governor’s January Budget Proposal.

Authors:
Assemblymembers McCarty, Bonta, Burke, Carrillo, Chiu, Friedman, E. Garcia, GonzalezReyes, Luz Rivas, Robert Rivas, Rubio, Santiago, Ting, Wicks
Senators Dodd, Gonzalez, Limón, Rubio

Sponsors:
Early Edge California (lead co-sponsor)
Kidango (lead co-sponsor)

California School Employees Association (CSEA) (co-sponsor)
San Diego Unified School District (co-sponsor)

Current Status: Referred to Committee on Education

Resources:

How You Can Support This BillAB 22 Sample Support Letter

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