Parents of children that miss the cutoff date for entering Kindergarten and are too young to attend Kindergarten often think of, and find, ways to have the school system admit their young child. In my school system the cutoff date for entering Kindergarten is that the child must be 5 years old by September 30. No questions! However, if the parent chooses to send their child to another location that has an accredited Kindergarten program (i.e. Montessori or a Kindergarten program offered at a daycare center) then our school system accepts their ‘young’ child into first grade the following year. I don’t really get what the hurry is. I also often read about parents who have their child tested to see if they can be admitted early to Kindergarten based on academic knowledge alone. Well any Kindergarten teacher will tell you that you can’t test emotional maturity and no matter how bright the child is academically, he/she usually cannot keep up socially with children who are much older than they are. Not to mention organizational skills, following directions, ability to stay on task, brining home assigned homework, etc. (not just in Kindergarten, but in 3rd grade, 8th, 10th and any grade for that matter!) Also parents, if you are thinking about working your magic to find a way to have your child enter Kindergarten and be the youngest child there, PLEASE think twice about that. Not only will your child be the youngest child in Kindergarten, but he/she will remain the youngest in middle school and on into high school when you really want him/her to be the oldest of the group. Even when young children show leadership qualities outside of school, when surrounded by older children these young leaders, quickly become followers, and not always following the right path. If your child is born near your school system’s cutoff date, please give your child the gift of time, and wait one more year before entering Kindergarten. You will be thanking yourself for the next 16 years of school!