You might have heard of pre-K, but TK?

California is starting something called “transitional kindergarten” to educate kids who will be too young to go to ordinary kindergarten under a new law that pushes up the birthday cutoff to get into kindergarten, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The idea is that older kindergarteners will be more mature and ready to handle school, equipping them to be more successful for their entire school career. Children who are slightly too young for kindergarten will get an extra year of public schooling — transitional kindergarten — and then go to kindergarten.

Transitional kindergarten won’t be a reality for a few years, but I’d love to get your thoughts on it. How will it affect your family? What do you want to know about it? Please e-mail me.

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Emily Alpert was formerly the education reporter for Voice of San Diego.

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