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Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Education Programs

Transitional Kindergarten

What is TK
Wenatchee TK programs are provided at no cost to families, are staffed by highly trained, certificated educators, and give students access to all the aspects of the regular kindergarten school day, such as transportation, meals, and specialists (music, PE, art, etc.). Classrooms are designed to meet the unique needs of preschool students and offer high-quality early learning programs with developmentally appropriate rest times, structured interactive playtime, and hands-on activities. WSD offers two TK classes at Columbia Elementary and one at Mission View Elementary. 

Who Qualifies for TK

  • Children who are 4 years old by August 31st
  • Children in need of additional preparation to be successful in Kinder (based on a district screening)
  • Children who live within the school boundary where there is a TK classroom 

What TK Looks Like 
TK classrooms are limited to 16 students per calss and follow the same schedule as Kindergarten classes (start/end times, specialists, etc). That means students will attend all day (except late start Mondays), 5 days/week. Transportation will be provided for students if they meet the criteria for preschool transportation. School meals are provided at no cost. Students who are enrolled in TK but also receive special education services will be supported by the case manager at the elementary school. 

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There are currently three TK programs available in the Wenatchee School District. Enrollment is limited to 16 students per class.

  • Two classrooms at Columbia Elementary I 600 Alaska Street, Wenatchee.
  • One classroom at Mission View Elementary I 60 Terminal Avenue

TK progams are limited to students that live within Columbia or Mission View boundries. 


Eligibility & Screening Process
TK programs are only for 4-year-old children who have been identified as needing additional preparation prior to starting kindergarten the following school year and live within a school boundry that offers TK. 

Eligible students may include 4-year olds who:

  • are not currently enrolled in a preschool program
  • do not qualify for early learning programs
  • do not have access to high-quality early learning experiences
  • may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Schools offering Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs use screening procedures to determine the individual student’s abilities and determine the need for services. With the use of screening instruments, school personnel work with children and families to administer a developmentally appropriate screening. This screening helps identify the child’s developmental progress and indicate certain developmental milestones that have been achieved. Screening should take 30 minutes or less and is conducted by the school district.

What if my child already attends Castle Rock preschool?
Castle Rock is a school district program, like TK. Movement between programs is an IEP team decision that’s based on the individual needs of the child (e.g., The team decides what would best prepare the student for kindergarten).

What if my child already attends preschool somewhere else (like Head Start, EPIC, ECEAP, a private preschool, or a daycare with preschool)?
This means that TK is not applicable to your child. If you have questions or concerns about that, please reach out to your child’s preschool program.

How do I enroll in TK?
There is an enrollment process which includes a district screening. This screening will determine whether your child is eligible based on their need for TK (and if they are not already accessing another early childhood program in the community). Once it is determined that TK is best for your child, then you will register him/her into the WSD as a new student

Can I choice my child into TK?
No, students are only allowed to enroll in TK if they reside within the boundary of Columbia Elementary or Mission View Elementary. TK is intended to prepare students to go into kindergarten at the same school they attended TK.


If you're interested in learning more about Transitional Kindergarten contact:

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Emily Wilgus

Early Childhood Coordinator

Castle Rock Early Learning Center

Castle Rock is an inclusive, community preschool where we offer preschoolers of all ability levels the opportunity to learn together and from one another.

Each class is taught by a certificated early childhood special education teacher who supports an inclusive environment for all students. Students identified with a developmental delay receive specially designed instruction in the general education class and have access to the same content as their peers without special needs.

Visit the Castle Rock website for more info

Staff Contact:

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Emily Wilgus

Early Childhood Coordinator

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