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Document Number: 4016

At What Age Should Children Enter Kindergarten? A Question for Policy Makers and Parents - This article summarizes the research available on the effects of kindergarten entrance age. The research indicates that the youngest children entering kindergarten do benefit from their experience in school and in fact learn at the same rate as children who are older when they enter school. The author states that the meaningful question is not whether a child is ready to learn, but rather what a child is ready to learn. She therefore advocates policies that focus not on what children need to know or be able to do when they get to school, but what schools need to do to meet the social and educational needs of children. (Deborah Stipek, Social Policy Report, Society for Research in Child Development, 2002)...

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