Kindergarten

Kindergarten provides young students with positive experiences that are important in establishing the foundation for future school attitudes and success. Although it provides an invaluable start to a child's schooling, kindergarten is not mandatory in Hawaii.

When do I enroll my child?

The Hawaii Revised Statute (302A-411) that governs kindergarten enrollment age will change on July 1, 2014:

  • Effective until June 30, 2014: For the 2013-14 school year, a child who is at least five years of age as of Aug. 5, 2013, may attend a public school kindergarten.
  • Effective as of July 1, 2014: Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, a child who will be at least five years old on July 31 of the school year may attend a public school kindergarten.

To prepare for this important change, the Executive Office on Early Learning is providing a series of resources for families, preschool providers, and Hawaii Department of Education staff.

Readiness for school

Parents and caregivers have the most influence in these key factors that enhance a child’s readiness for school. If you need assistance with these, please see Support for Parents:

  • Ongoing health care, which includes prevention and treatment
  • A safe, nurturing environment
  • Appropriate rest, nourishment and clothing
  • Opportunities for physical activity
  • Consistent love, affection and care
  • Positive self-concept
  • Appropriate social behavior
  • Autonomy
  • Reading, writing and viewing as natural daily activity
  • Language development
  • Development of thinking

Learner Outcomes

In Kindergarten, teachers begin evaluating students in terms of their success in demonstrating General Learner Outcomes​, behaviors that indicate kids are on the path to becoming engaged, lifelong learners.

Parent resources

Executive Office of Early Learning website with information on what parents need to know.

Kindergarten age change

Resources for families and providers from EOEL.

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