Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten program starting Fall 2024

Our vibrant new Transitional Kindergarten Program is designed to sit between our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten years with a curriculum that will be age appropriate, dynamic, and provide our families with a best-in-class experience.

Transitional Kindergarten at BCD will serve as a schooling option for students with late birthdays (June 1 - October 31), for students who are enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten but might not yet be ready for Kindergarten, or for students who have not had a formal schooling experience prior to their Kindergarten years. 

Contact our Admission Department for more details and to learn if Transitional Kindergarten is right for your child. Spaces are limited. 

 Email or call 303-516-4148. 

Meet the teacher

Gemma Fagan has been teaching at BCD for 12 years. She started in our Preschool program in 2012, serving as both a lead PreK teacher and our Assistant Preschool Director. Gemma is a highly qualified and experienced ECE teacher, with knowledge, training, and classroom experience in preschool through first grade. As such, she is someone who truly understands your child’s potential while respecting the developmental continuum. Prior to joining BCD, Gemma spent the prior 22 years teaching in the Bay Area and Florida. She is a graduate of both Lancaster University and Newcastle University School of Education in the UK, holding a Bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology as well as a P.G.C.E. in Elementary Education, specializing in the early years.

TK Q&A with Gemma Fagan

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • How does Transitional Kindergarten differ from Kindergarten?

    When I think of the difference between Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten, the word that is most relevant for me is flexibility.
    That can mean anything from flexibility in terms of the daily schedule and the way we choose to spend our time each day, to flexibility in our approach to learning with less emphasis on formal, structured lessons and more time for play-based, hands-on learning opportunities. Being part of a two-year program also allows us the grace of flexibility in our expectations, so that we can adapt in response to the different needs and goals of each individual child.
  • Why would parents choose a Transitional Kindergarten program?

    Transitional Kindergarten is a great option for parents who believe that their child might not be quite ready, for any number of reasons, for the rigor of a full day Kindergarten class, however, they are concerned that they might have “outgrown” Pre-Kindergarten and are looking for that magical place in between.
    As parents, we are all looking to provide our children with the most positive school experience possible, and Transitional Kindergarten combines an elementary school setting, with the known flexibility of a Pre-Kindergarten schedule. The intentional blend of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten curriculum allows their child to grow at a developmentally appropriate pace with peers who are similar in age. It eliminates the impression of their child being “held back” and reinforces the notion that they are in the right place.
  • What do you see as the greatest benefit of Transitional Kindergarten?

    One of the greatest benefits of Transitional Kindergarten is that it provides another option for parents (and teachers) who are struggling to commit to sending a child on to Kindergarten if they are concerned about Kindergarten readiness, yet are equally worried that the same child has already outgrown Pre-Kindergarten. It can be such a tumultuous decision for all of us, and having Transitional Kindergarten as another option is amazing.
    Placing a child in Transitional Kindergarten puts them with peers of the exact same age, it allows a child to progress through the school without the stigma of “being held back” and allows them to become part of the elementary school experience with the flexibility of more time. It’s a win-win!
  • What should parents look for in a Transitional Kindergarten program?

    I think first and foremost…qualified, experienced, and nurturing teachers who have knowledge and training in both Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, someone who truly understands their child’s potential, while respecting the developmental continuum.
    They should look for someone who is able to present:
    ·       A developmentally appropriate curriculum that focuses on building foundational skills in literacy, numeracy, social interaction, and fine motor skills through hands-on activities and experiential learning
    ·       A schedule that balances cooperative learning/group lessons, with self-directed exploration, and child-centered learning opportunities.
    ·       A program that prioritizes social and emotional development, fostering skills such as cooperation, communication, empathy, and self-regulation, thereby creating an environment where children feel safe to take risks and express themselves.
    ·       Opportunities for individualized attention, catering to the diverse needs of the children through small groups, differentiated instruction, and personalized goals.
    ·       A warm and welcoming classroom that combines some of the familiarity of a Pre-Kindergarten classroom which is very much center based, with the more structured, formal look of a Kindergarten classroom.


We look forward to connecting with you. Really, we do! Watch the admission testimonial video for a parent's perspective on our admission process.

In-Person Visit
Please note that in-person tours are best done in the mornings, especially for preschoolers as they are napping in the afternoons. After 3:00 when classes are over is a wonderful time to get into classrooms if you are visiting with young students.

Zoom or Phone Call
Visit virtually with our Admissions Director Susan Boyle to ask questions, discuss your family and student, and uncover if BCD is the school you’ve been searching for. 

Search for available times using our online calendar below.
Don’t see a time that works? Email or call 303-516-4148.