Kindergarten Age Requirement Signed Into Law

Thursday, May 2, 2013

All students who are enrolled in a Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) authorized Pre-K program (Governor’s, Special Education Pre-K class, HCDE authorized Head Start program, or Title 1 Pre-K) for the  2012-2013 school year and who turn five on or before Sept. 30, may enroll in their zoned kindergarten or be placed in the appropriate special education services setting to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) for the 2013-2014 school year.

All students who are enrolled in an HCDE authorized Pre-K program (Governor’s, Special Education Pre-K class, HCDE authorized Head Start program, or Title 1 Pre-K) for the 2013-2014 school year and who turn five on or before Aug. 31, may enroll in their zoned kindergarten or be placed in the appropriate special education services setting to provide FAPE in the LRE for the 2014-2015 school year.

All students who are enrolled in an HCDE Authorized Pre-K program (Governor’s, Special Education Pre-K class, HCDE authorized Head Start program, or Title 1 Pre-K) for the 2014-2015 school year and who turn five on or before Aug. 15, may enroll in their zoned kindergarten or be placed in the appropriate special education services setting to provide FAPE in the LRE for the 2015-2016 school year.

Students who are in Pre-K’s that are not managed by the Hamilton County Department of Education must be five by Aug. 31, for the 2013-2014 school year and five by Aug. 15, for the 2014-2015 school year and for all the following school years.  Beginning with the 2015-2016, school year all students must be five by Aug. 15, in order to enroll in any Hamilton County kindergarten class.


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