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July 26th, 2009, 08:54 PM
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Hi,

We are moving to CA from Australia in three weeks with our two children and wondering if anyone can give me information of what age children start preschool/kindergarten. Chloe, 3.5 years, was attending a 2 day a week kindergarten program in Australia and would like to get her into some sort of pre-schooling program once we get there but not sure where to start.

We are looking at houses in Porter Ranch/Chatsworth area.

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July 26th, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Children usually start kindergarten at age 5, although some kids are still 4 when the school year starts depending on the cutoff date for the district. For example, if the cutoff is September 1st (child must be 5 by September 1st) and a child turns 5 on August 20th, they'd still be 4 when school starts if it started, say, August 10th. My oldest daughter was almost 6 when she started because the cutoff was September 1st and her birthday is in the middle of September. Additionally, many parents choose to hold back summer birthdays and wait until the next year to send them, so some kids will be 6 when they start. Kindergarten isn't required in some states, but it's usually free through the public school system unless, of course, you go the private school route.

There are preschool programs available for 2 year olds, but preschool is typically 3 and 4 year olds. There are many options available as far as how many days a week and how many hours a day a child goes depending on preference, but preschool usually isn't free and it isn't required.

I hope that helps!
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July 26th, 2009, 11:20 PM
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Thanks for the info. I think I will get DH to go and have a look what is available when he goes back to the area during the week.
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July 27th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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I agree with the information above. In my area though, kids must have turned 5 before September 1st to begin a kindergarten program. It depends on the area.
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July 27th, 2009, 08:27 AM
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Yeah, what they said. You'll have to get the specifics for your area. When I was growing up, you had to have already turned 5 by Oct 1st, and here in this area, it's the norm for kids to start K at age 6. You can choose public (free), private (paid), or homeschooling. Each state has their own requirements when it comes to homeschooling, as well. I'm not familiar with CA. I'm in TX. Ben is starting K on Aug 10th. TX doesn't have any homeschooling requirements, so I'm able to do that. He'll be 4 on Dec. 1st.

Is K in Australia the same as K here, or is that what they would call preschool here? I never really understand the distinction in other countries. England also starts K at age 3-4.
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July 27th, 2009, 02:50 PM
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Your kindergarten is our preparatory year (use to be called preschool) and your preschool is our kindergarten Oh so confusing...

I am hoping to get her into a preschool program (so the program that is not attached to a school and is not compulsary).
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