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Old 02-01-2008, 08:39 PM
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Hi- My son is supposed to start kindergarten in Sept, but only recently am I learning about the high occurences of "redshirting" or holding a child back- so they will be better prepared academically, socially, athletically, etc for school. Many feel starting kindergarten a year later will give their child an edge for the competiveness of school later on. My son has a late summer birthday and is on the small side. I would have never even considered holding him back, but now I am worried he will be one of youngest in his class. Does anyone know how prevalent this is. I know it is 4 times more prevalent in affluent communities- so assume it happens quite a bit in Westchester. I know if most states cut-off is Sept.1, some even earlier. I think NY is one of only states where it is still Dec. Are there any readiness tests in school to see if child is prepared for kindegarten???? thanks!!!!
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:52 AM
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We are moving BACK to NY because of the December cut off - Our twins were born in November and we DON'T want them in a daycare any longer then they have to be - we want to be the ones who decide to wait to enter them into school rather then a state cutoff.

You know your child - and YOU be the one to decide to enroll or hold back!
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:12 PM
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Default CT is also Dec

CT is also December, but I've not heard of any Parents holding back summer birthdate kids. In CT most Sept - Dec. kids go to a speical Pre-K program that is for Sept - Dec birthdates only. Not all of them do, I have a friend whose daughter is a Nov. birthdate and she did have a hard first couple of months in Kindergarten, but so did my son, and he's a February date.

Good Luck Hope this helps.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:16 PM
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Default Toubled decision

I read your post from 2008 about your child going to school early or holding back. I am currently faced with the same decision. I have a child who turns 5 in december after the December 1st cutoff. I can put my child into private k for a fee and then bring her into 1st grade the following year. If i do this it will be costly. I also have another option which may allow me to get my child into the public system this year for K without paying for private. WHat did you end up doing and do you regret or support your decision 2 years later? Thank you in advance for your reply.
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