Attending quality early learning programs for children ages birth to five creates positive short and long- term impacts for success in school and life. Santa Clara County’s schools are committed to providing high-quality preschool, transitional kindergarten (TK), and kindergarten programs.
What is the difference between preschool, TK and K?
- TK-12 public education programs are open to all regardless of immigration status. ETK (Early TK), TK and kindergarten are only operated through schools and are free.
- Preschool programs that are operated through schools may range from private pay to no-cost options. Contact your local school district to learn if they have preschool programs. You can also contact Santa Clara County's Childcare Resource and Referral program at 669-212-5437 to learn about your options. Families may qualify for low-cost preschool if they meet certain eligibility. Eligibility may vary depending on the program you select. The R&R team can provide you with information to make the best decision for you and your child.
- Understand the programmatic differences between preschool, TK and K
Enroll in Preschool, TK and K through schools
- Use the property record search to find your school district
- Visit your school or school district's enrollment page to begin the enrollment process
- Learn more about the general documents needed during enrollment
- Open enrollment varies by district and can begin December, January, or February every year.
TK Expansion in California
Most 4 year olds are eligible for free TK through schools. The image below shows the birthdays that will be eligible to enroll in TK by academic year.
Immunizations for TK and K
Visit Shots for School to learn more about the immunization requirements for TK and Kindergarten students. For FAQs about TK immunizations, click here.
- Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guide
- Registering for Kindergarten Brochure
- Early Learning Enrollment Options in Santa Clara County