Supporting Toilet Learning/Training in Transitional Kindergarten Programs
The Center for District Innovation and Leadership in Early Education (DIAL EE) calls on districts to truly create equitable and accessible preschool and TK programs that meet and support all children and families where they are at, including those who are at various stages of toilet learning/ training. This will mean making thoughtful plans for the role of teachers and teaching assistants (and other support staff) in supporting each child’s development and progress, facilities and equipment considerations to facilitate effective toilet learning practices, expectations and systems for partnership and communication with families, and resources and support for both staff and families. In addition to planning for the TK program as part of the regular school day, considerations will also need to be made for expanded learning programs serving TK students. Most children progress to toilet training/learning between the ages of two and four; each child is different and will have a different timeline. Readiness depends on physical as well as cognitive and emotional development. Even if most or all children in preschool or TK classrooms are considered to be toilet trained, it should be expected at this age that accidents will happen, and there should be clear plans in place for when they do.