March 15, 2019
October 25, 2019
Hoover Kindergarten Classroom

Registration for the 2019-2020 ETK program school year is now closed. Registration for the 2020-2021 ETK program school year starts on January 8, 2020.

Transitional Kindergarten is the first phase of a two-year Kindergarten program that uses age-appropriate curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Transitional Kindergarten acts as a bridge between preschool and Kindergarten and is designed to provide our youngest learners with the pivotal skills and experiences needed for success in Kindergarten.

In March 2019, the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education approved the Expanded Transitional Kindergarten program (ETK) to include historically underrepresented/socioeconomically disadvantaged students, who turn five after December 2, and before the last day, of the school year in which they wish to be enrolled. For the 2020-2021 school year, this includes children that were born after December 2, 2015 and before June 3, 2016. Registrations submitted to the PAUSD Registration Services office (25 Churchill Ave) will be reviewed for qualification under any one of the following criteria:

  • Students where both parents have not received a high school diploma
  • Students who are, or will be, eligible for the Free or Reduced-Priced Meal (FRPM) Program (also known as the National School Lunch Program)
  • Students who are migrant, homeless, or foster youth

To enroll your child in the Expanded Transitional Kindergarten program, please review the Advantages and Disadvantages of Early Kindergarten Admittance, and then follow the process outlined on the Registration Page of our website. Enrollment will be based upon a space-available basis.