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New Law Changes Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Entry-Age In California


Senate Bill 1831 also known as the Kindergarten Readiness Act will change the date students in California enter Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten.

SB 1381 phases in the new age requirement by moving the cutoff date one month a year for 3 years beginning in the fall of 2013.

Across the state of California, the Kindergarten (Kinder) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK) entry dates will change as follows:


2012-2013: 5 years of age on or before November 1 (Kinder)
5 years of age from November 2 – December 2 (TK)
2013-2014: 5 years of age on or before October 1 (Kinder)
5 years of age from October 2 – December 2 (TK)
2014-2015: 5 years of age on or before September 1 (Kinder)
5 years of age from September 2 – December 2 (TK)


For the 2014-15 school year your child must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2014 to enroll in Kindergarten. For Transitional Kindergarten children must be 5 between September 2 and December 2, 2014 to enroll.

Please remember Immunizations are required for school entry.

  1. You child will need Polio, DTaP (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus),  Hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and Chickenpox (Varicella).
  2.  Your child needs boosters after his or her 4th birthday.
  3. A TB skin test will not be required for the 2014-2015 school year.

For more information on Transitional Kindergarten please go to:  California Department of Education 

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