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
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

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.