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Transitional Kindergarten

New Law Changes Kindergarten Entry-Age in California

The Kindergarten Readiness Act, signed into law in 2010, is a historic reform to kindergarten education that gives California an unparalleled opportunity to ensure that our state’s youngest children are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The Kindergarten Readiness Act, SB 1381 by Senator Simitian, created transitional kindergarten, the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for those students who are born between September and December. It also changed the kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1, so children enter kindergarten at age 5. The law phases in the new age requirement by moving the cutoff date one month a year for three years, beginning in the fall of 2012.

Across the state of California, the kindergarten entry date will change over the next three years as follows:
2012-2013: 5 years of age on or before Nov. 1
2013-2014: 5 years of age on or before Oct. 1
2014-2015: 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1

A child will be eligible for transitional kindergarten if they have their 5th birthday between:

November 2 and December 2 for the 2012-13 school year
October 2 and December 2 for the 2013-14 school year
September 2 and December 2 for the 2014-15 school year and each school year thereafter
Ian Byerrum,
Jul 28, 2015, 2:52 PM