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Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK)


Universal Transitional kindergarten is a program that builds a bridge between early learning years and traditional kindergarten. It is implemented in LAUSD elementary schools that offer kindergarten at their sites. UTK is available to all children who will have their 4th birthday on/by September 1st of the school year. 

What is the Transitional Kindergarten classroom program?
This program provides children with a well-planned classroom program to build necessary social and academic skills for success throughout their school careers. The program is based on the California Preschool Foundations and Common Core State Standards, with focused instruction in literacy and numeracy, along with strong emphasis on self-regulation and social engagement. This program gives children an opportunity to learn important academic and social skills in a hands-on manner that supports their development.

The Transitional Kindergarten program follows the full day schedule of traditional kindergarten. Assessments along with teacher observations will be used to monitor your child’s growth and progress throughout the year. Staff members will use this information to guide instruction, individualized to meet your child’s needs.

How can families be involved in Universal Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten?
Communication between home and school is essential in helping your child succeed. Your child’s teacher can meet with you on a regular basis to discuss your child’s progress and ways you will be able to support him/her at home.

How do families enroll in UTK ?
   • Find your school of residence.
     • Contact your school of residence and pick-up an enrollment packet.
     • Another option is to complete an online enrollment packet