Kindergarten Age Change

Starting August 2014, a child must be 5 on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten.  The change is a result of Act 183 of 2010 and Act 178 of 2012 (Session Laws of Hawaii), which noted that younger children may be more appropriately placed in a prekindergarten program.

We know that the beginning years of a child’s life are critical and don’t want our children to miss a year of early learning. 

To help prepare for this important change, the Executive Office on Early Learning will be providing a series of resources for families, preschool providers, and Hawaii Department of Education staff.  We will post more resources as they become available.

For Families

  • Click here for the Announcement of the application period for the 2014-2015 Preschool Open Doors program
  • For general information about options that may be available to you, click the following:  Families Flyer.
  • To find out what programs may be located near you:

    • Contact PATCH (click on the link to the “Families Flyer” above)
    • View the preschool density map on Good Beginnings Alliance’s website.
  • District resource guides:

For Providers

  • For college credit professional development opportunities and to discuss your professional development needs around serving older four-year-old children, contact an early education program at a higher education institution: Higher Education Contact List
  •  The UH-Manoa Blended Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Undergraduate Program begins its first cohort the Fall 2015 semester. Program graduates will be eligible for licensure in PK-3 general education and PK-3 special education. Click on the links below for details on the program:
  • Click here for the flyer for the HAEYC-P3 seminars, “Ohana Math Backpacks for 4 Year Olds,” in Mililani, Kona, and Enchanted Lake.