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What Is the Age for Kids to Start Preschool or Kindergarden?

My daughter is 3 years old and she was borned on october,13,2003.I know a lot of people that told me that my daughter is going to miss s a whole year in school because of her bithday and she will start school when she will be 6 years old (almost 7 years old). Does anybody know when I can register my daugther to kindergarden? or Where can I get more information about it? I know that a lot of parents are in the same situiation. Thank you.

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I want to thank to everyone for their advisments,specially to them who let me think about that going older to school most of the time is better for kids because they are more mature, I had never thought about it but you are so right, even for myself if I were go to school a little bit older I would learn and understand things a little bit better than I did, but won't forgett that everybody is different. Any way I've seen that my daughter is more mature than other kids of her same age, so I found an early education program at the Clark County Recreation Depatment and she is going to attend Tuesday thru Friday 9 to 12 and she is going to practice the ABC's, numbers, colors, etc, but the most important is that she is going to be with other kids and hopefully she is going to learn to respect and being with others.And I think that is important too, thank you again.

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I have heard you have to be 5 by Oct 1. I am in the same boat, my child was born 10/27/03, and to top it off she is already extremely smart and it will be a shame if she has to miss a year of school. Anyway...I need help with this question as well, thaknks, C.

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she will be 5 almost 6 to start school. I am a december birthday that is how it is. THe cut off date for starting school in Las Vegas is Sept 20. It really isn't bad being older when you go to school even if you are ready!!

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My son had to start this year and he is 5 1/2. His birthday was after the dead line of Dec 5th so he had to wait a bit longer to attend school. I feel he would have been ready at 4 because he seems kind of bored with some of the concepts and is already reading better than the other kids.

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HI A.,

I have read through the other responses and they are correct. You will have to wait another year. I have twin girls born 11/24. I have been looking for other options for the last six months. Other parents in the same boat say it was good for their children; they were more mature and got more out of kindergarden. But check with the school on your area, some schools have a program for 4/5 years olds that miss the 9/30 cut off.

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I have heard you have to be 5 by Oct 1. I am in the same boat, my child was born 10/27/03, and to top it off she is already extremely smart and it will be a shame if she has to miss a year of school. Anyway...I need help with this question as well, thaknks, C.

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Hi A.:

Just go to the districts website www.ccsd.net to find out all of the information you need to enroll your daughter.

The regulations do state that your child needs to be 5 years of age by September 30th in order to enroll, so she most likely will have to wait until she's 6 to start Kindergarten.

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i believe you can start your daughter in preschool now... and i know for a fact at least where i live the cut off date for kindergarden is Dec 3. She can start when she is 4 as long as she turns five before Dec 3rd. My daughter was born Nov 18th so she will barely make the cut off date. I would check with your school district to find out when the cut off date for your area is.
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she will be 5 almost 6 to start school. I am a december birthday that is how it is. THe cut off date for starting school in Las Vegas is Sept 20. It really isn't bad being older when you go to school even if you are ready!!

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hey A.,
The rules and well a lot of things are different here in cali. My daughter is 3 and ready to be in school, not a day care. I foung a school that has a 3 step program, kinda changed things around a bit. She is in a class with kids her age who will start Kindergarden at the same time as her. What they now call it is, preschool (3-4) Pre-K (4-5) then Kindergarden at 5 (or whatever age it is when your set to start). You might want to look into something like that...

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First of all, check with the school district she will be be attending. They could let her enroll when she is 5 (almost 6). The cut off dates tend to be at the end of September so she might have to wait a year but check first. Also, the only difference it would make for her is she will be a little further developmentally and things might be a little easier for her. She will be 18 instead of 17 when she graduates. My birthday is 10-3 and that was my situation. It never bothered me and I never felt held back. Check with the school district. Also, she will be 4 in October sos get her in preschool A.S.A.P. Good Luck. Check with the school district though, or call the school she would be attending.

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I am in the same boat with my son. He has a December birthday, so he'll be almost 6 when he starts. My older son was the other side of it. He had just turned 5 in August and started Kindergarten that month. It's tough because you have kids who just turned five in school with kids who are almost six. It's a big age difference when they are at that stage.

Anyway, I have been told that if you enter them in a private kindergarten the year they turn five, they can start public school as first graders the next year. I don't know if this is true or not. I haven't researched it yet. Does anyone know if this is true?

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Hi A.
If you are in Clark County School District your Child needs to be 5 before Sept. 30th.
I am in the same boat as you. I have 2 daughters (ages 6 and 2) that both have a late Oct. and early Nov. birthdays. They where and will be 5 almost 6 going into Kindergarden. Which in my opinion, gives them an edge! This is a good thing! They are a bit more mature, and able to handle being away to school everyday.
They will grasp their lesson easier because of being a bit more mature and their little brains will be able to retain more info, and they will be able to sit and consintrate longer.
And looking at the big picture, down the road upon graduating from high school and starting college, I would prefer my girls to be almost 19 rather then almost 18.
They grow up so fast, enjoy the early years while you have them.
Take Care, Heidi

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Hi A.,

My mother in-law is an office manager at an elementry school, she does all of the registering for the year. I asked her about it because my daughter was born on October 24 so I had the same questions. If your child was born on or before December 9th then they start when they are 4 going on 5. If it is after Debember 9th then they start when they are 5 going on 6. So if your daughter is going to be 4 next month then she would start Kindergarten next year.

You can also call whatever school is near you that she would be going to and they can tell you as well.

Hope that helps clarify.

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The age to start preschool is 4. she can participate in the headstart program at 3. Call the school district office in your area regarding the birthday cut off date. They can answer your questions regarding the age limitations.

My youngest daughter was born 12/31. She started headstart at the age of three, going on four. She was in this program for two years and it was wonderful for her. She started school at age 5 almost 6. She was later moved up a grade because of her academics and high testing scores. She will graduate at 17 instead of 18.

I hope this helps and good luck.

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When your daughter is potty trained at about 3 or so she can go to preschool. She can start kindergarten when she is 5. She has to be 5 by December 1 in California, but other states might be different. I am not sure.

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The cut off date for children to start kindergarden is Dec. 2 so your little girl will start at 4 years and 11 months school starts in late Aug. Call the school district in the county you live in and they will tell you when and were to go.They sometime start to register in early Feb.

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She'll be able to start next year. She's turning 5 in 2008 and because her birthday is in the first few months of the school year, they'll allow her to enroll. Be careful though, it's kind of a catch 22. She'll be the youngest in her class and may not be ready. Assess your child. I know for my son, he was born in September (his bday was yesterday)and even though I thought he was ready, he wasn't. He was easily distracted by the older boys and tended to follow along with whatever the older boys were doing. I decided to keep him back a year and it's made a huge difference. He excelled in his class and was proficient in all areas. Sometimes the younger ones need that extra year to grow.

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I know in CA, the cut off birthday is December 5th. So your girl should be able to start the year she turns 5. So she won't be behind. She'll be four when she starts. I'm Oct 23rd, and started at 4, graduated at 17. My daughter is Sept 27th, and started at 4 as well. A good age to start pre-school is about 3 years.

Here's a link listing all states. This one says CA is Dec 3rd.

http://users.stargate.net/~cokids/kindergarten_cut-off_da...

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Most kindergarden's start at age 5, so your daughter would probably be almost 6 not 7. However each school district is different.

My daughters B-Day is in Feb. She started when she was almost 6.

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this next school year she should be ready to go so at the end of this year go to the school office of the school she is to go to and get your kinder packet dont forget you will need a birth certifcate my daughter was born may 17 2002 and she started this year

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A. -

Yes, I believe the cut off for Kindergarden is Sept. 26th - so she is going to be turning 6 when she enters. Many parents decide to hold there children back that are close to the cut off. So, she will not be alone - plenty of other kids will be 6 or turning 6.
She can start preschool anytime. All preschools are private and you will have to pay to send her to school. Most schools also would like them to be potty trained. There is the exception to this with the daycare type preschool or Merryhills potty training class (which costs a bit more). The community rec centers offer great classes for preschoolers - you can look that up at cityofhenderson.com. I think that will also lead you to any information you need about clark county schools. Both of my children did part-time preschool prior to entering kindergarden. They loved it and I loved the bit of free time. Best of luck.
T.

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Hi A.,

I use to work in the school system and the cut-off date was December 2nd or 3rd. Your child has to be 5 years old on or before that date. So, your daughter should be able to begin kindergarten when she is 4 (if you feel she is ready) and then she will turn 5 after the school year begins, but before the cut-off date. You can call your local school district to get clarification on the exact date. The date does not vary district to district, it is state mandated.

Your daughter can probably start pre-school anytime now. Different schools may have different age requirements, so I would just call around to different schools to check out their programs.

Good luck to you!

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HI. My daughter's bday is October 22nd. The deadline, I think in Fresno Unified is December 2nd. So you can register your child if you think she is ready when she is 4 years old. Yes, she will be the younger ones in the class but if you think she is ready, I would go for it. My daughter is now in 2nd grade and still haven't turned 7 years old yet because her birthday is next month. So it is up to you, if you think she is ready then register her. Pre-school you can anytime I think. Check the schools some have a pre-school program!

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My son started this year at age 5. He won't be six until December. I think the thing is they have to be 5 by a certain date, and it varies wherever you live and the school system. Chances are she'll start at age 5 and then turn 6 in October during the school year. Usually it's around August when the cut off is. Or it was here. My son missed it too, his birthday being in December. And my 7 year old ended up starting at age 5 too because his birthday was in February. It's not that bad to start a little later than the other kids, gives you more time to prepare them and then they start out ahead of everyone.
Where as when I was little I started kindergarten at age 4 (turned 5 in September) and I always felt like the smallest kid in the class. I never got behind in anything but I noticed a lot of kids back then did because they'd start too early. Kindergarten isn't what it used to be either. They have serious standards and from what I've heard about here there's about ten percent of the kindergarteners that repeat kindergarten because they didn't meet the requirements. I'd rather my child start later and be ahead than have to repeat it.

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she will go in september when she is 4. The cut off is 5 by December. I know this because my son has a birthday in Feb. and he cant start school untill the September after he turns 5 because the school dist. says 5 by December.
Per school is also available but if your not very low income or gvnmt aid, its very very hard to get into a "pre-school"
So the next best thing is a "preschool daycare" there is one in Elk Grove called Kids Castle Daycare and Preschool. Youcan reach them at ###-###-####.

Godd luck
C.

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I am not sure where the other moms are getting their information, but as a mother of a kindergartner I can give you some very acurate information.

My daughter has 2 kids in her class that are 4 years old. One turns 5 in November and one turns 5 in december. I only know this because I have talked to the mothers of both these kids while waiting to pick up the kids.

My suggestion is to call the school where your child will likely be enrolled and ask them. Any other information (even from me) is completely irrelevant!

I say don't wait until they are 6 going on 7. 5 going on 6 is perfect.

good luck

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I don't know if you had your question answered yet. But in Las Vegas you have to be 5 by September 30. So your daughter should start school when she's 5 going on 6.

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It's the right time for your daughter to attend pre-school. Depends on whether you want to place your daughter to a private or public school for kindergarten. Public schools are very straight on the kid's age. The minimum age for kids to enter kindergaten is 5 for public schools; yet it's more flexible in private schools.

If you want to register your daughter to a public school, you need to find out where is your home school, and it is stipulated by the school district where you belong to and that's based on your house address. You can check that through web-site or call your community center.

Hope that help!

P.

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Dear A.,

I just answered a similar question about Kindergarten, so I am a bit tired - I am older, and we wear out sooner. Anyway. Call the local School District and they can tell you what the deal is in their school district about dates - also they may be able to tell you where to find a good - free - preschool. Some areas have better resources than other, but keep on trying. Remember - you are the important person to schools, you and your family , so do not be afraid to ask them anything. You are the one that they are supposed to serve. O.K.?

My husband's grand son went to school 'early' - his birthday was just a day or so before the cut off date so he went when he was barely 5 years old. He did not do well in school at all. It was really a struggle. He ended up having to go to college two extra years. Yes, he did, that is the way that it happened. Don't ask me the details, but the outcome was what I told you. I even dared to mention to his mother that he could easily be held back one year and she was not pleased !! So, there you are. A real life drama.

Now preschool is another thing. Just get her in there as soon as you can. It is a wonderful program. It helps them learn how to make friends, listen and obey a teacher, and become acquainted and comfortable with a thing called a school. They have a grand time. ... And it helps them the rest of their lives.

Sincerely, C. N.

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hi, A.....

My oldest daughter's birthday is Sept. 23rd. She barely made the cut-off for kindergarten.. by like 3 days or so. She has been the youngest in all her classes kindergarten through 3rd so far. So, that being said, I would guess your little one does not make the cut-off. Hope this helps

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My son had to start this year and he is 5 1/2. His birthday was after the dead line of Dec 5th so he had to wait a bit longer to attend school. I feel he would have been ready at 4 because he seems kind of bored with some of the concepts and is already reading better than the other kids.

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You will need to call or look on the website for your school district to learn their cut-off birthday for kindergarten registration. They will tell you by what day your kindergartener needs to turn 5 in order to register. Every district is different.

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To enroll in kindergarten, state law requires children to be 5 years old by September 30. You can go to the clark county school district for all your questions and answers.

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My daughter started pre-school when she was 31/2 years old. Now I know the age to start Kindergarden is 5 yrs, their birthday has to be on or before December 5th.
You can call your local school and they could tell you what district you are in. They would be able to tell you what you need to do. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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It depends on what school they will be going too... Like my daughter is 5 1/2 yrs old she is now in 1st grade... She goes to Nicholas and their kindergarten cut off age was December 2nd.. My daughter's bday is November 21st.. So she was able to start Kindergarten when she was 4.

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It's different for most school districts. You need to call the school that you want your daughter to attend and ask them.

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I have two boys - ages 8 and 5. The 8 year old's birthday is on Halloween. I had him go to to a Montessori kindergarten program when he was 4 going on 5, and then a public kindergarten when he was 5 going on 6. The extra year to grow has been amazing. I can understand why parents feel like their kids will be too old starting school and feel a need to start them early. But as a preschool teacher's aide myself and mom of two, I can tell you that kids do MUCH better when they're more mature in school. Because of the extra year to grow, he was confident, able to keep up (because there's a LOT expected in school these days), and is more of a leader than a follower. My 5-year-old is in kindergarten currently (he'll be 6 next April) and is doing great. I think it's always better to have the kids be the older ones in class. Just my opinion. Hope it helps. Best of luck to you and your daughter!

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Preschool is usually 3 with completion of being potty trained. No, your daughter will not start school at 6. The cut off in many school districts here is December 3rd. So you will probably be looking at registration next year. Call your local school district and they will tell you their cut off date. Either way even if the cut off was before her birthday, she would start at 5 years old almost 6. HOpe this helps :)

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The cut-off date for kindergarten is dec 3rd. My youngest son's b-day is dec 6th so he'll be almost 6 when he starts kindergarten. But your daughter shouldn't have a problem.

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this is coming straight from the Clarck County School District web site: To enroll in kindergarten, state law requires children to be 5 years old by September 30. so accourding to the state, the people you have talked to are correct, she wont be able to start until 6. A friend of mine in Ca. had the same problem, her daught was in preschool at 5 because her b-day was in Dec.

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My daughter misses the cut off date by 11 days. She will be almost six when she starts kindergarden. Your daughter should start preschool this year if you have decided to send her, if she hasn't already, because she will need to start kindergarden next year. My aunt held her daughter back an extra year. You have the option, however, to send her either next year or the year after. My cousin turned 5 in September, so she turned 6 right after she started kindergarden. You are lucky in that way. You really get to evaluate your child yourself, and if you think she isn't ready, you have the option of keeping her out of kindergarden another year. Good luck in whatever you decide.

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I am a kindergarten teacher. My daughter turned 6 and her b-day is 10-21-2001. I decided to repeat her this year in kindergarten. She suffered a bit last year....She is sooooo happy now that she is older. Children must be 5 by december 1st to start kindergarten. If you enter your child before she turns 5 don't push too hard. I recommend having them enter later or repeating kindergarten. Being older and already knowing the ropes will give your child high self esteem and confidence!

Hi A.----i recently enrolled my 3 1/2 yr old in preschool...the starting age for preschool is 3 and they have to be fully potty trained...she attends a state preschool for 3 hours a day every day....i know they start them early for preschool...well, that's the age they start in my town anyway! Look into it...my daughter will be 4 in january...so technically she'll be 4 when she starts kinder!

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