May 14, 2012: Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
This bill requires that all school districts provide full-day kindergarten programs to their resident students. If a school district does not currently provide a full-day kindergarten program, and is classified in district factor groups A, B, CD, or DE, then the district would be required to begin offering such a program by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. All other school districts would be required to provide such a program by the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. The bill also establishes a uniform age requirement for a student to enroll in kindergarten. Under current law, each school district determines the date by which a child must attain the age of five years in order to enroll in kindergarten; districts are also allowed to enroll a child who is not yet five years old. Under the bill, a child would have to be five years old by September 1 of the school year in order to enroll in kindergarten.