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Proposal To Change Starting Age For Kindergarten Revived

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A proposal to change Connecticut’s kindergarten enrollment cutoff date has been revived in one legislative committee after being eliminated in another.

The proposal would roll back the fifth-birthday deadline from Jan. 1 to Oct. 1 starting in fall 2015.
It requires municipalities to provide preschool for children with birthdays whose enrollment would be delayed a year by the change. It also requires preschool for all 4-year-olds in Connecticut’s poorest districts.
Lawmakers have not determined who would pay those costs.

The proposal is part of a bill before the General Assembly’s appropriations committee. The education committee recently killed a similar proposal because it lacked preschool provisions and funding.
Legislators say narrowing kindergarteners’ age range could help close Connecticut’s achievement gap. Parents can currently delay enrollment until their children turn 7.

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APNT 04-13-11 0937EDT

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