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Under Connecticut State Law, children must be age 5 on or before January 1st to attend public school that year, and thus could start Kindergarten as early as 4 years and 9 months old. As a result, most nursery school programs require that the child must turn 3 by January 1st to ensure a fall start of that same year and thus could start a Pre-K 3 program at a school year program as early as 2 years and 9 months old.
Note that year-round childcare centers and family childcare providers offer a preschool curriculum for 3 and 4 year olds and can take children as young as 6 weeks if they have an infant/toddler program. So if you need care to work your child does not need to sign up for both childcare and a school year nursery/preschool program.
So, when can your child start school? This chart shows when they are eligible based on their birth year.
|Birth Year||Pre-K 3||Pre-K 4||Kindergarten|
|2015||Fall 2018||Fall 2019||Fall 2020|
|2016||Fall 2019||Fall 2020||Fall 2021|
|2017||Fall 2020||Fall 2021||Fall 2022|
|2018||Fall 2021||Fall 2022||Fall 2023|
|2019||Fall 2022||Fall 2023||Fall 2024|
|2020||Fall 2023||Fall 2024||Fall 2025|
|2021||Fall 2024||Fall 2025||Fall 2026|
|2022||Fall 2025||Fall 2026||Fall 2027|
Preschool enrollment begins during the winter-early spring of the start year, depending on the program. See the Preschool Options or Kindergarten Registration pages for specific registration dates. Most year-round childcare providers accept children at any time, based on availability, but will have more openings at the end of the summer as the 4 year olds in their care leave for kindergarten and the other classes move up.