Where We Live: What Age Should Children Enter Kindergarten?
Should parents be allowed to decide? Or should the state make the decision?
Governor Malloy is pushing to increase the minimum age for kindergarten, hoping to close the achievement gap and raise test scores.
The state's plan is simple. To enter kindergarten, a child would need to turn 5 by October first...rather than the current date of January 1. The bill would also keep 7-year-olds out of kindergarten. It means more kids are closer to the same age- something that would make sense for a lot of schools.
But some educational activists say this will cause financial hardships for low-income families, forcing them to pay for an extra year of pre-school.
Universal pre-k could help-but that's unlikely to happen in this terrible budget year. Today we'll explore the proposed legislation - and talk to some of the nations top child development experts about the realities.
Do those few months of development really make a difference? Should 4 year olds be studying alongside 7 year olds?