Bill Changes Age Children Go to School

CHARLESTON– A bill that would change age guidelines for children to start preschool and kindergarten has passed the house on a 74-26 vote Tuesday.

Under current law, a child has to be 4 years old before Sept. 1 to enter into early childhood education programs; 5 years old before that date to enter kindergarten and must reach the compulsory age of 6 years old to attend school by that date.

Under the bill that date changes to July 1.

The bill passed the senate in march.

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