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can a child who turns 5 in mid to late September start kindergarten that same year?

3 November 2009 14 Responses

A Parent asks, can a child who turns 5 in mid to late September start kindergarten that same year? Even if they are only 4 when the school year begins?

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  • qwerty said:


    I don’t think so usually you have to be 5 before September 1st… but it depends on the state (http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr027.shtml)

    look at the site it has information

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  • Mortimer L said:


    It varies by state. In my state, the cutoff date is October 1st for when a child must be five. Simply go to the school you intend to enroll your child in and talk to an admissions administrator.

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  • Jen M said:


    In my state it’s October 1st as well, but regardless of whether it’s an option, I don’t think it is suggested. My son will turn five a the beginning of August and I’ll probably wait to send him until the following year. I’d rather him be the oldest in the class than the youngest. There are pros and cons of both I guess, but if my child turned out to be socially unready for the pressures of school, I’d never forgive myself for sending him early. Plus, why rush things ya know?

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  • Kitten said:


    Yes and No.
    It depends on the state you live in,
    for example the “cut off” date in New York State is
    Dec 1st, however Penn. Is Aug. first.
    My cousin lives in PA and his birthday is August 15th.
    And Mine is May 20th, of the same year, yet he is a grade below me.

    Professionals often advise if your child is a boy let them be one of the older kids in his class, they need more time.

    Personally I wouldn’t want to be the youngest in my grade. My friend Kris is 8 months younger then me. and he hates being the 2nd youngest kid in our grade.

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  • Mmmhhhm said:


    I think he’d be fine.
    I have friends in my grade (junior in high school) who have birthdays on December 30th & December 31st and they tell me that its never really bothered them.

    My birthday is May 22nd of the same year and its made absolutely no difference. However, all the kids who were born the year before us hate being the oldest, so I wouldn’t send your son off later

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  • tammyk710 said:


    It all depends on the state you live in. My son (20 y o now), was enrolled in a school in TX, and his Bday is the 30th of Sept. He was going to be able to go, but then we had to move to NM, and he had to wait a year. We moved to AZ, and later found out that you can have them tested to see if they can handle school.

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  • canoso said:


    Like most of the answers have said, it depends upon your state. In California, a child must turn 5 on or before December 2nd to start kindergarten. Many students start kindergarten when they are 4 here. However, sometimes they struggle with the state education standards pushing down what used to be first grade standards into kindergarten. In more affluent districts, most parents hold their children out a year, especially boys, if they are not five when school starts, so most children are five when school starts.

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  • Snappy Gal said:


    From personal experience, my son is late October and I put him in when he was 4. Socially he did fine, and he tends to be at the top of the growth chart, so no one can tell he’s the youngest. However, now that a few years have passed he is really struggling with reading. I think he is where he is supposed to be age-wise, but that leaves him behind the rest of the class, and he has started to notice that other kids are reading harder books than he is. If I had to do it again, I would have waited a year. I do know people who have later birthdays and they did fine. So, I think it depends on the child. If you choose to do it, monitor his/her progress and stay in touch with the teachers. At the beginning of each year, I establish communication with the new teacher and really keep my finger on the pulse, so that there are no surprises at year-end.

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  • Baby #2 Due in February said:


    Yes, they can.. well, they could a few years ago – unless the rules changed? My friends daughter’s birthday is December 31.. she started school the September before her fifth birthday – she is an excellent student and a really nice teenager.

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  • sammi said:


    No here in missouri u have to be 5 before september 1st

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  • ♥Love♥ said:


    No. The cut off date in most states is September 1st which they’d have to wait an entire year. My son’s birthday is September 23rd so I had to deal with it but I’m glad because he would’ve been the smallest in his class last year and was not as sociable as he is now.

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  • luvmy4boyz said:


    It depends where you live because different states have different cut off dates. Where I live (Connecticut) YES because the cut off date is January 1. As long as the child will be 5 before Jan 1 then they can start at age 4.

    I know all states have different cut off dates though so you need to call the superintendents office and check with them on their cut off date.

    Here is a list of cut off dates by state

    http://users.stargate.net/~cokids/kindergarten_cut-off_dates.htm

    If your child falls with in the cut off date, it doesn’t mean they should automatically start. You have the option then to hold them one more year as well. You have to base it on whether they are ready to start both academically and socially etc. My twins birthday is oct. 1 so they could have started at 4 but we chose to hold them back in preschool one more year because they were not really ready. It was the best thing we ever did. Now they are 14 and in 8th grade and both honor students.

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  • mommyof2 said:


    I’m pretty sure that they can.My youngest will be 5 in mid september of 2009.From what his preschool says he will start when all the other 5 yr. olds do even though he’s a little younger he’s before the cut off date in dec. I think.
    good luck!

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  • mehumphry said:


    Like everyone else pretty much said, it depends on what state you live in. I live in PA, and my dd turned 5 July 20, and our cut off is July 31, so she made it by 11 days!

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