Best age to enter kindergarten

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There is a big question these days whether your child turns five in the fall or summer before kindergarten whether you should send them to kindergarten this year or wait another year. There is no easy answer to that question. There are children who are ready for kindergarten even before they turn five. However most of the schools are now seeing that children are entering kindergarten when they're 5 1/2, almost 6, or even 6-years old. So you also have to determine do you want your child to be the youngest child in the class? Will your child be competitive with those children even if they seem perfectly ready for kindergarten? Will they be as ready as the children who have waited a year? The best rule of thumb is to, if you can't get a kindergarten readiness assessment, ask the school that you're talking to about the age range of the children entering kindergarten.

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Originally from New York, Sandy Eiges holds a master's degree in Social Work, and has worked in and around education her entire professional career. She has served as executive director for Save the Children's field office in Jerusalem, where she created and published a cultural diversity curriculum for grades 5-9. This curriculum was subsequently adopted by the Israel Ministry of Education. She also served on the executive board of UNICEF in Israel and created and ran after-school programs for latch-key children. She was, at one time, a charter school developer for a start-up Reggio-inspired K-8 school. Sandy was also the charter school developer for YouthBuild Charter School of California, a high school diploma program for out of school/out of work youth, located in Watts, East Los Angeles and El Monte; for which she also served as interim principal. She has a child who attended a Reggio-inspired preschool and who now attends a project-based elementary school. Inspired by her own quest for the right schools for her daughter, and her extensive research into schools in Los Angeles, Sandy started L.A. School Scout LLC. For the past six years she has helped families looking for the right fit in preschools, elementary schools, middle and high schools for their children.

When she’s not helping families find the school that’s right for them, she’s enjoying time at home with her relentlessly curious and brilliantly creative daughter, who is a constant inspiration for the hopes, dreams and ideas that drive her life. LA School Scout helps families make informed and thoughtful choices about the schools that will best suit them. Our mission is to promote, encourage and applaud children's enthusiasm for school and learning; take the mystery and anxiety out of the school finding process for parents; and provide families with comprehensive information on all of their educational choices.

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