ND Legislature changes cut-off date for kindergarten(WDAY TV) - If you're planning on enrolling your child in kindergarten next school year, there are some changes you need to know about. The North Dakota Legislature has changed the age cut-off date for kids, if they don't turn five before august 1st of 2010, they'll have to wait until next school year.
By: Christina Vaughn, WDAY
The North Dakota Kindergarten Association has been pushing for this change for a long time. Under the old law the cut-off was September 1st, the group wanted it changed to July 1st, but they say this compromise will work.
“They’re more mature, they've had more experiences, they're just more ready to take part in all the activities we have in kindergarten.”
In the world of kindergarten, Betty Hanson says a difference of only a few months in age, can make a big difference. She says starting kids off in the classroom when they're older is better for teachers, and better for the students.
“Helps the children learn better too, because they're more ready to sit and listen and we don't do a lot of sitting in kindergarten, we do a lot of activities, but it's just that they're more ready to learn.”
Carmen Maloney's son Maddox will turn five in June, but she and her husband have decided to hold him back.
“I've heard way more people with boys say socially, they can't even sit still and there's just a lot of baby left in them.”
She's in full support of the new law because she wants Maddox to feel confident in the classroom. She wants him to be one of the older kids in his grade, more socially and mentally developed.
“I've talked to so many people who say, I wish I would have held my child back with the summer birthday because I think it follows them through their life too.”
As all parents do, Carmen and her husband want the best for their son.
“There’s just no doubt in my mind that we're making the right decision by not sending him.”
There's really no way to tell how many kids won't be able to start kindergarten next school year because of the new cut-off. But school leaders don't expect an enrollment decline, because nowadays, a lot of parents are holding children with summer birthdays back.