Kindergarten Age Change
The age for Kindergarten is changing in Connecticut.
The Connecticut General Assembly has raised the minimum age for automatic entry into public school in Connecticut.
Beginning for the 2024-2025 school year, children will need to turn 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to be automatically eligible to enroll in school for that school year.
The legislation also allows a school district to admit a child who has not turned 5 by September 1 of the school year, if the parent makes a request in writing and the school district conducts an assessment of the child to ensure that admitting such child is developmentally appropriate. Groton Public Schools also offers Early Childhood opportunities for children who are not eligible or developmentally ready for Kindergarten.
More information will be provided about the waiver process and Early Childhood opportunities as it becomes available.
On or before September 1, 2024
They can begin Kindergarten at the start of the 2024-2025 school year.
On or after September 2, 2024.
They can begin Kindergarten at the start of the 2025-2026 school year.
- Are there any exceptions to this change?
- What if my child is receiving special education services?
- My child was born between September 2 and January 1, and I was planning to send them to kindergarten when they were eligible to attend. What can I do now that the entry date has changed?
- How can I support my child’s learning and development before the transition to kindergarten?
- How was this change made?
- Who can I contact if I have additional questions?