|Table 5.3. Types of state and district requirements for kindergarten entrance and attendance, by state: 2012|
|State||Compulsory age||Kindergarten entrance age||
State requires district
to offer full-day
|Alabama||6||5 on or before 9/01||Yes||No|
|Alaska||7||5 on or before 9/01||No||No|
|Arizona||6||5 before 9/01||No||No|
|Arkansas||5||5 on or before 8/01||Yes||Yes||2|
|California||6||5 on or before 10/01||3||No||No|
|Colorado||6||5 on or before district count date||No||No|
|Connecticut||5||5 by 1/01||No||Yes|
|Delaware||5||5 on or before 8/31||Yes||Yes|
|District of Columbia||5||5 by 9/30||Yes||Yes|
|Florida||6||5 by 9/01||No||No|
|Georgia||6||5 by 9/01||No||No|
|Hawaii||6||5 on or before first day of instruction||4||No||No|
|Idaho||7||5 by 9/01||No||No|
|Illinois||7||5 on or before 9/01||No||No|
|Indiana||7||5 on or before 8/01||No||No|
|Iowa||6||5 on or before 9/15||No||No|
|Kansas||7||5 on or before 8/31||No||No|
|Kentucky||6||5 on or before 10/01||5||No||No|
|Louisiana||7||5 on or before 9/30||6||Yes||Yes||7|
|Maine||7||5 on or before 10/15||No||No|
|Maryland||5||5 by 9/01||Yes||Yes|
|Michigan||6||5 on or before 11/01||8||No||No|
|Minnesota||7||5 by 9/01||No||No|
|Mississippi||6||5 on or before 9/01||Yes||No|
|Missouri||7||5 before 8/01||9||No||No|
|Montana||7||5 on or before 9/10||No||No|
|Nebraska||6||5 on or before 7/31||No||No|
|Nevada||7||5 on or before 9/30||No||Yes|
|New Hampshire||6||LEA option||No||No|
|New Jersey||6||LEA option||10||No||11||No||12|
|New Mexico||5||5 before 9/01||No||Yes|
|New York||6||LEA option||No||No|
|North Carolina||7||5 on or before 8/31||Yes||No|
|North Dakota||7||5 before 8/01||No||No|
|Oklahoma||5||5 on or before 9/01||Yes||Yes|
|Oregon||7||5 on or before 9/01||No||No|
|Rhode Island||6||5 on or before 9/01||No||Yes|
|South Carolina||5||5 on or before 9/01||Yes||Yes|
|South Dakota||6||5 on or before 9/01||No||Yes|
|Tennessee||6||5 on or before 8/31||14||Yes||Yes|
|Texas||6||5 on or before 9/01||No||No|
|Utah||6||5 on or before 9/02||No||No|
|Vermont||6||5 on or before 1/01||15||No||No|
|Virginia||5||5 on or before 9/30||No||Yes|
|Washington||8||5 on or before 8/31||No||16||No|
|West Virginia||6||5 on or before 9/01||Yes||Yes|
|Wisconsin||6||5 on or before 9/01||No||No|
|Wyoming||7||5 on or before 9/15||No||No|
† Not applicable.
1 The total reflects the number of "Yes" responses in the column.
2 In Arkansas, pupil attendance is mandatory, but parents may request a waiver.
3 In 2014, California's kindergarten entrance date will change to 5 by September 1.
4 In 2014, Hawaii's kindergarten entrance date will change to 5 on or before July 31.
5 Kentucky's kindergarten entrance date changes to 5 by August 1 in 2017.
6 The entrance age in Orleans Parish, Louisiana school district is 5 by December 30.
7 Louisiana specifies mandatory half-day attendance or test for first-grade readiness.
8 Michigan's kindergarten entrance date will change to 5 by October 1 in 2014 and in 2015, the date will change to 5 by September 1. Parents with children that turn 5 by December 1 may ask for their child to be permitted to attend kindergarten.
9 The law is different for metropolitan school districts. Those districts may establish and enforce a regulation which requires that a child is 5 years old for purposes of kindergarten and summer school prior to a kindergarten school terms, on or before any date between August 1 and October 1 of that year.
10 A district may admit to kindergarten any child over the age of 4 and under the age of 5, and shall admit any child over the age of 5 and under 6 who is a resident of the district.
11 The Abbott district is required to offer full-day kindergarten.
12 Children are required to attend full-day kindergarten in the Abbott district.
13 Districts may choose to set the cut-off date for August 1 or September 30.
14 In 2014, Tennessee's kindergarten entrance date changes to 5 by August 15.
15 Local education agencies may choose to set the kindergarten entrance date between August 31 and January 1.
16 In Washington, full-day kindergarten is being phased in beginning in the 2012-13 school year, starting with the highest-poverty schools.
SOURCE: Kindergarten Policy Characteristics, Education Commission of the States, retrieved April 10, 2013 from http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/01/06/80/10680.pdf. Data Source