Early Childhood Bill Shifts Kindergarten Entry Age

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Glastonbury students arrive for first day in 2013. Peter Marteka / Hartford Courant

Future “ber babies” — children born in October, November and December — will likely have to wait a little longer to enter kindergarten.

Deep within a bill that establishes the Office of Early Childhood and sharply expands the number of preschool slots for needy children is a provision that sets into motion a change in the kindergarten entrance age. Under current law, children may enroll in kindergarten as long as they turn 5 by Jan. 1. The legislation will shift that date to Oct. 1.

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