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Kindergarten Information & Registration

New Entry Age for Kindergarten Registration

In 2023, the Connecticut Legislature changed how old a child must be to start kindergarten. Public Act 23-208, Section 1(a) changed the birth date cutoff to September 1 of any given school year for students to turn 5 in order to enter kindergarten. Click below for new Kindergarten registration.

Kindergarten Registration 2024-2025

Are there exceptions to this new rule?

Yes. If your child does not meet the new entry cutoff date, they may still be admitted into kindergarten upon;    

If your child turns 5 between September 1, 2024 and January 1, 2025, you may still be able to register your child in Region 14’s kindergarten after completing the following process:

What if my child is receiving special education services?

If your child receives special education services and does not meet the new entry cutoff date, your child’s planning and placement team (PPT) will review/revise your child’s individualized education program (IEP) to meet your child’s needs during the additional year of preschool. 

How can I support my child's learning and development before the transition to kindergarten? 

Be sure to attend the Kindergarten Orientation offered in June at each elementary school where you will receive information and resources to help you best prepare your child for kindergarten over the summer months. 

Begin planning how and when you will talk with your child about their transition to kindergarten to ensure a positive experience. 

Who can I contact if I have additional questions? 

For more information about the exception process, please refer to the Region 14 Kindergarten Registration page on the district website or contact the appropriate school principal: Mitchell Elementary School – Kelly Pinho, or Bethlehem Elementary School – Wendy Yatsenick,