California recently passed a new law, “The Kindergarten Readiness Act” (SB 1381), that changes the age when children are eligible to enter Kindergarten.Under this new law, by 2014-15, children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1st in order to enroll in traditional Kindergarten. Previously, children could enter Kindergarten so long as they turned 5 years old by December 2nd. The law will phase in the new Kindergarten age requirement over the next three years by changing the Kindergarten cutoff date as follows:
2012-13: entering Kindergarteners must turn five by Nov. 1st
2013-14: entering Kindergarteners must turn five by Oct. 1st
2014-15: entering Kindergarteners must turn five by Sep. 1st
For the 2013-2014 school year, parents of students who turn 5 between October 1st and December 2nd, 2012 have priority to choose to register their children for Transitional Kindergarten. Children with earlier birthdays may attend Transitional Kindergarten once all children with October/November birthdays are served. Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and is free to participating students; registration in the TK program is optional.