Thirty-seven of 42 other states that have set minimum ages for kindergarten require kindergarteners to be older than Nevada’s requirement. (Seven other states leave the decision to districts.) This is reflective of research showing a positive relationship between school starting age and children’s cognitive development. It also recognizes additional expectations on the kindergarten year, including the development of fundamentals for learning to read and write.
As Nevada considers moving up the required age for kindergarten, we should also refocus on the importance of the pre-K years to ensure there are meaningful pre-K opportunities for all Nevada children.