Kindergarten provides young students with positive experiences that are important in establishing the foundation for future school attitudes and success. Kindergarten is mandatory in the state of Hawaii.

When do I enroll my child?

Children who are 5 years old by July 31 enroll in kindergarten for that school year. For example, children who are 5 years old by July 31, 2014 enroll in kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year. Children who turn 5 on August 1 or later enroll the following school year.

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions​​.​

On May 1, 2014, Gov. Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 2768 (Act 76), which makes kindergarten mandatory for children who will be at least 5 years of age on or before July 31 of the school year. Act 76 amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Section 302A-411 and 302A-1132, which lists exemptions from mandatory attendance.

The Executive Office on Early Learning provides 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.

Campaign Image

How do I...?


View all FAQ's