When Can I Enroll my Child in Kindergarten?
New Law Changes Kindergarten Entry-Age in California
The Kindergarten Readiness Act, signed into law in 2010, is a historic reform to kindergarten education that gives California an unparalleled opportunity to ensure that our state’s youngest children are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The Kindergarten Readiness Act, SB 1381 by Senator Simitian, changed the kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1, so children enter kindergarten at age 5.
Children must be 5 years old on or by September 1, 2015 to enroll in kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.
Children who are applying for Transitional Kindergarten must turn 5 between September 2, 2015 and December 2, 2015.
Items Required to Enroll
- Child's immunization record (Kindergartners must have all required shots before starting school).
- Child's birth certificate
- One proof of address. Enrollment will not be complete and a classroom will not be assigned unless a proof of address is on file. The only acceptable documents are:
- Photocopy of recent utility bill such as gas, electricity cable, phone (no cell)
- Photocopy of a rental agreement
- Photocopy of mortgage documents, deed to house or tax bill payment receipts, photocopy of military housing orders or lease agreement
If you are living with someone and do not have any of the required proof of address documents in your name, please provide the document in the name of the person with whom you live and include a letter written and signed my that person stating that you are living with him/her.
If your student currently has an IEP or 504 Plan, please bring it at the time of registration to expedite services.