When to Start

Under Connecticut State Law, children must be age 5 by December 31st 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 December 31st to ensure a fall start of that same year and thus could start Pre-K 3 as early as 2 years and 9 months old.

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
2012 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017
2013 Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018
2014 Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019
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

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.