District Offering Exemptions / Notes
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District Offering Exemptions / Notes

March 2014


District Offering Exemptions / Notes
Alabama Not specified in statute
Alaska Not specified in statute
Arizona Local governing board may file an exemption claim with the department of education to be exempt from offering kindergarten. If districts offer full-day kindergarten they must let parents choose between full- and half-day programs.
Arkansas Not specified in statute
California Not specified in statute
Colorado Not specified in statute
Connecticut Not specified in statute
Delaware Not specified in statute
District of Columbia Not specified in statute
Florida Not specified in statute
Georgia Not specified in statute
Hawaii Charter schools are exempt from offering kindergarten
Idaho Not specified in statute
Illinois Districts may offer kindergarten for children aged 4-6. Only 1 year of kindergarten will be paid for by the state unless a child is held back after attending at age 5.
Indiana Not specified in statute
Iowa Not specified in statute
Kansas A district may contract with another district to provide kindergarten for its students.

Districts are permitted to charge parents a fee to enroll their children in full day kindergarten.
Kentucky Not specified in statute
Louisiana Not specified in statute
Maine Not specified in statute
Maryland Not specified in statute
Massachusetts A school committee may petition to have the department of education waive the kindergarten and minimum age requirements in order to avoid undue hardship.
Michigan Not specified in statute
Minnesota Not specified in statute
Mississippi Not specified in statute
Missouri Not specified in statute
Montana A full-day kindergarten program is required to allow a child to enroll half-time.
Nebraska Not specified in statute
Nevada If <15 students wish to enroll in kindergarten in a district, the district may arrange other options for those students.
New Hampshire Not specified in statute
New Jersey Not specified in statute
New Mexico Not specified in statute
New York Not specified in statute
North Carolina Local board of education may apply for exemption. Must be approved by the state board of education.
North Dakota A district may pay the tuition required for its students to attend a kindergarten program in another district.
Ohio Districts not receiving poverty-based assistance may charge tuition for full-day kindergarten.
Oklahoma A district may contract with another district to provide kindergarten for its students.
Oregon Districts are required to provide at least half-day kindergarten in one school.
Pennsylvania Not specified in statute
Rhode Island Not specified in statute
South Carolina Districts must offer extended day five-year-old kindergarten programs to all requesting parents. Districts must offer a half-day option as well.

A district may apply for a waiver to opt-out of full-day kindergarten if district does not have available space and the cost of temporary classroom space cannot be justified.
South Dakota Not specified in statute
Tennessee Not specified in statute
Texas Not specified in statute
Utah Not specified in statute
Vermont School boards may pay tuition for kindergarten in another district if the electorate authorizes theĀ  board to do so.
Virginia Not specified in statute
Washington Not specified in statute
West Virginia Not specified in statute
Wisconsin Not specified in statute
Wyoming Not specified in statute

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