5 signs your child is ready to start kindergarten

5 signs your child is ready to start kindergarten
Sarah Slattery talks with Evan Forehand, right, during a session that uses table toys to help students with socialization during Kindergarten Camp, a camp that prepares incoming kindergartners for school, at Westwood Elementary School in De Pere.

With kindergarten registration season underground, many Wisconsin parents are deciding whether their little one is ready to start their elementary education journey.

To start kindergarten in the 2023-24 school year, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. But even if a child meets the age requirement, there’s no requirement for parents to enroll them in kindergarten right away. Parents may choose to keep their child at home or in child care, or send them to 4K (which is optional in Wisconsin), delaying kindergarten until the following school year.

Sometimes, parents of children are born shortly after the Sept. 1 cutoff date might feel their 4-year-old is ready to start kindergarten with their older peers and seek early entrance. They will have to go through their school district’s process to determine whether they can enroll early, which typically involves working with a school psychologist and doing some testing, said Mary Renning, principal at Lakeview Elementary School in Neenah.