Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project
The 2014-2015 Budget Act allocated $15 million statewide for the purpose of providing educational incentives for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) teachers and teachers in California State Preschool Programs (CSPP). Funding for the California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend (CTKS) project will be available through March 31, 2019 as one-time-only funding or until all available funding has been expended. This one-time funding allocation is administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) and disseminated statewide through Local Planning Councils (LPCs) under contract titled CTKS. These one-time-only funds are to be used to provide educational and professional development reimbursements for TK teachers (Priority 1) and CSPP teachers (Priority 2) for completion of credit-bearing coursework in early childhood education or child development.
The Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) is the fiscal agent for the Contra Costa Local Planning Council (LPC) and therefore responsible for distributing the reimbursement of stipend funds and the overall administration of the California Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project.
Download the Contra Costa Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project Participation Guide here
For more information contact:
email: Ruth Fernandez
Manager, Educational Services
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Who is eligible to participate?
Stipends awarded to eligible participants through the Contra Costa Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project will be provided for individuals who meet the following criteria:
- TK teachers must be employed and working with at least one TK student, whose 5th birthday is between September 2nd and December 2nd of the current school year, at the time of the reimbursement request.
- CSPP teachers must work directly with preschool aged CSPP students, and must be employed as a CSPP teacher at the time of the reimbursement request. (Family Child Care providers contracted with a Family Child Home Education Network and serving a preschool aged child are also eligible as “CSPP teachers.”)
- Only individual teachers are eligible for reimbursement for out of pocket expenses; schools, districts, organizations or programs are not eligible for these funds.
To learn more about eligibility and reimbursement criteria refer to the Contra Costa Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Project Participation Guide. Detailed information about eligibility and the reimbursement payment cycle is included in the guide.
- Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions: Frequently asked questions regarding California state law relating to kindergarten.
- Kindergarten in California: California state law and information regarding admission to kindergarten.
- State Advisory Council (SAC) Resources: Resources developed for the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC).
- Local Planning Council (LPC) Contacts: Contact information for local child care and development planning council (LPC) representatives in each California county.
- Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC): Promotes high quality early education to California’s children and families by providing financial and technical assistance to child development students and professionals.
Early Childhood Education and Child Development Resources
Certificate and Degree Programs
For specific information about certificate and degree programs from the educational institutions, see list below and provided resources: