Age Requirement Deadlines Change for Kentucky Preschoolers

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- Monday afternoon, Kentucky lawmakers notified school officials across the state of some major changes in age requirements.

House Bill 235 has bumped up the deadline for school preschoolers by two months.

In the past, if your child turned four-years-old on, or before, October 1st, he or she was eligible for income or disability based preschool.

Now, a child must be four-years-old on, or before, August 1st to qualify for the state funded preschool.

"That means, if a child turns four-years-old after August 1st, they will only qualify if they have a disability, not by income based requirements, only disability, that's it. They will no longer qualify for income based preschool," said Lorie Richey, Warren County School's Supervisor of Elementary Instruction.

School officials say their qualifications for disability are broad.

"Disability is a strong word there, but it could be something as simple as the child isn't pronouncing their “R's” correctly, or something like that," said Lorie Richey, Warren County School's Supervisor of Elementary Instruction.

Income qualifications are based on the current poverty level.

"Right now, the poverty level is 150%. So, a family of four must meet that poverty level in order to qualify for preschool," said Lorie Richey, Warren County School's Supervisor of Elementary Instruction.

School officials confirm the rule for kindergarteners is confirmed for the 2014-2015 school year.

"If a child is five-years-old, before October 1st, then they have to go to kindergarten," said Lorie Richey, Warren County School's Supervisor of Elementary Instruction.

School officials say many parents have already registered their child for school and this does allow for an exception.

"This is why we are in such a panic. This year only, the state is says if the child is already registered or registers before May 1st, which is Thursday, they are still okay. Even though they miss that age, they are still okay for this year only," said Lorie Richey, Warren County School's Supervisor of Elementary Instruction.

"This is affecting a child who is three-years-old right now, who does not turn four-years-old until after August 1st," said Lorie Richey, Warren County School's Supervisor of Elementary Instruction.

To ensure you are fully aware of which grade level your child will be in, school officials suggest registering your child for school as soon as possible. To register, parents need to visit their child's school to register them for the 2014-2015 school year.




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