GGUSD Opens Registration for Expanded Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Programs

GGUSD Opens Registration for Expanded Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Programs

Beginning February 8, Garden Grove Unified School District has opened registration for the 2023-2024 school year for families enrolling children in Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten. GGUSD has expanded enrollment eligibility for both its Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten programs to meet the needs of all families. Both preschool and TK provide a focus on early literacy and kindergarten-readiness skills as well as hands-on, play-based learning. Students are taught by caring and highly-qualified teachers.

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten
GGUSD is one of the only districts in Orange County offering free full-day Transitional Kindergarten to children who are four years old or will turn four by September 1, 2023.  Children born between 09/02/2018 and 09/01/2019 are eligible to enroll in GGUSD’s outstanding TK program.  TK is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten program and features a modified curriculum with lessons that are age and developmentally appropriate. Participation in TK is voluntary; however, the district strongly encourages the enrollment of all eligible children because an additional year of learning will provide a stronger foundation for building academic success in school. For the 2023-2024 school year, a child who turns 5 by September 1, 2023 must enroll in kindergarten. Parents with questions may call 714-663-6048. Parents should pre-enroll online as early as possible at and contact their child’s home school for further assistance. Further information about the enrollment process is available at

Needed Forms for TK/K Enrollment
For Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten enrollment, parents are required to present one of the following documents to the school office as proof of the child’s birth date: certified copy of the birth record; statement of the local registrar/county recorder certifying the date of birth; baptism certificate duly attested; passport; immigration visa; or an affidavit from the parent, guardian, or custodian of the minor when no other document is obtainable.

Address verification is required for all students new to GGUSD. Acceptable forms of address verification include one of the following: correspondence from Social Services or other government agency; deed to home; mortgage escrow paperwork; property tax bill; rental lease agreement; or tax return; or two of the following: automobile insurance; cable bill; driver’s license or California identification card; or a utility bill (electric, gas, or water).

Before children can be legally enrolled in school, California law also requires they receive the following immunizations: the MMR series - red measles (rubeola), mumps, German measles (rubella); the DTP series - diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis); polio; Hepatitis B; and chicken pox (varicella). The requirement for the chicken pox immunization may be waived if a health care provider documents immunity. Contact the local school for specific immunization dosage requirements.

Immunizations are available from private medical providers or at clinics maintained by the Orange County Health Care Agency (714) 834-4722.

Within 18 months prior to entrance into first grade, or 90 days after entrance into first grade, children are required by state law to receive a full physical exam, which includes a tuberculosis risk assessment and test. Parents should arrange for this checkup with their child’s pediatrician, at which time, the child must obtain a TB test if indicated and update any required immunizations. To satisfy first grade admission requirements, the physical must not be completed earlier than February 24 of this year. All required forms are available from the school office.

Along with the immunization requirements, all children must receive an “oral health assessment” – a dental check-up – by May 31 in either kindergarten or first-grade, whichever is his or her first year in public school. Oral health assessments administered up to 12 months before a child enters school also satisfy this requirement. The assessment must be performed by a licensed dentist and/or other licensed or registered dental health professional.

An “Oral Health Assessment/Waiver Request” form, available in the school office, must be completed by the parent or dental professional and returned to the school. Please contact the school office for additional information.

Information on school attendance areas is available online by accessing the “Find-a-School” link from the main GGUSD website, at any GGUSD elementary school, or by calling the Office of Student Services at (714) 663-6391. Address verification is required for all incoming students.

GGUSD offers a free 3-hour state preschool program at 11 campuses for income-eligible families as well as a low-cost par-day or full-day preschool program at our Skylark Campus.  New this year, GGUSD is also offering its first Spanish Dual Immersion Preschool at Russell Elementary Language Academy for 3 hours offered in the morning or afternoon. Children born between September 2, 2019 and December 1, 2020 are eligible to enroll in preschool. Preschool families should print a registration packet from the district website at (insert link) or pick one up from their local elementary school.  Families with preschool questions should contact Clinton Corner Family Campus at 714-663-6298 or visit for more information.