Child Must Attend Kindergarten

Child Must Attend Kindergarten

March 2014

Child Must Attend Kindergarten: Yes if a state requires children to attend school at age five, and/or requires kindergarten attendance prior to enrolling in first grade.
  • 15 states plus DC mandate kindergarten attendance
  • 35 states do not require that children attend kindergarten

Child Must Attend Kindergarten
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas Yes
California No
Colorado No
Connecticut Yes
Delaware Yes
District of Columbia Yes
Florida No
Georgia No
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois No
Indiana No
Iowa No
Kansas No
Kentucky No
Louisiana Yes
Maine No
Maryland Yes
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota No
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada Yes
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
*Children are required to attend Full-Day Kindergarten in Abbott Districts.
New Mexico Yes
New York No
North Carolina No
*Initial point of entry into the school system is kindergarten, but a principal may override this for an exceptionally mature student and place the child in first grade
North Dakota No
Ohio Yes
Oklahoma Yes
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island Yes
South Carolina Yes
South Dakota Yes
*All children must attend kindergarten before age 7
Tennessee Yes
Texas No
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia Yes
Washington No
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin No
Wyoming No

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