transitional kindergarten stipend program

California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Program (CTKS)

https://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/stipend-program.html

TK Teachers and CSPP* Teachers, apply now to be reimbursed for your ECE-related Professional Development & Education expenses!
Tuition costs for coursework that is unit-bearing or for continuing education units, including online courses, in early childhood education or child development
Registration costs for CDE-approved early childhood education or child development trainings, workshops or approved conferences
Books for courses or trainings/workshops

*CSPP (California State Preschool Program) Teachers who work with CSPP students in Sonoma County for pay at least 15 hours per week are eligible as Second Priority for CTKS Stipends. New TK Teachers are First Priority, and all other TK teachers are eligible for funding. CSPP Teachers may also be enrolled in CARES/AB212.

New Requirements for TK Teachers

SB 876 added additional requirements for TK teachers. Pursuant to EC 48000(g), a school district or charter school shall ensure that credentialed teachers who are first assigned to a TK classroom after July 1, 2015, have, by August 1, 2020, one of the following:

 At least 24 units in early childhood education, or childhood development, or both.

  • As determined by the LEA employing the teacher, professional experience in a classroom setting with preschool age children that is comparable to the 24 units of education described in bullet 1.
  • A child development teacher permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

 Any current credentialed teacher who is or was assigned to teach TK, or a combination class of kindergarten and TK, on or before July 1, 2015, is “grandfathered in” to teach TK without having to meet additional requirements. Any credentialed teacher assigned to teach TK, or a combination class of kindergarten and TK, after July 1, 2015, will have until August 1, 2020, to meet the above-mentioned education requirements.

In addition to addressing teacher requirements, EC 48000(f) states: “It is the intent of the Legislature that transitional kindergarten curriculum be aligned to the California Preschool Learning Foundations developed by the department.”

For more information and an application,
Please contact

  • Susy Marrón, CCPC Coordinator
    (707) 524-2639
  • Kaye Moore, CCPC Program Assistant
    (707) 524-2658


Apply now to be reimbursed for your ECE-related Professional Development & Education expenses!
To find out more and apply for funding, please visit
CTKS stipend information

Revised 5/2017

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