Welcome to the Education Commission
of the States' Kindergarten Database
Selected highlights from the kindergarten database:
Kindergarten entrance age
Kindergarten attendance requirement
- In half of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, students must turn age 5 by the end of September to attend kindergarten.
- Nineteen states requires students to turn age 5 on or before Sept. 1.
Compulsory school age
- Fifteen states plus D.C. require children to attend kindergarten at age five or require kindergarten attendance prior to enrolling in first grade.
- Thirty-five states do not require kindergarten attendance.
- Most states require children to attend school by age 6 (26 states) or age 7 (14 states).
- In eight states – Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia – plus D.C., the compulsory school age is 5.
- Pennsylvania and Washington require children to attend school at age 8.
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Why our methodology matters:
- Primary resources: ECS draws its information primarily from state statute, rules and regulations, recently enacted legislation, executive orders and other primary source documents.
- For this database: ECS searched statutes, regulations and executive orders.
Related ECS products:
Emily Workman, Policy Analyst