Entering Kindergarten

When your child nears the age your school district sets as the starting point for kindergarten - most likely, five years old - it's time again to think in terms of transition. For most children with special needs, this will mean a transition from a preschool program to a kindergarten program. It may also involve a transition from a partial day to a full day, from one school to another, or from one type of educational plan to another.

This transition can be as big as deciding that your child no longer requires special-education services and is ready to move on to a mainstream class without classification. Or it can be as small as deciding that your child isn't quite ready for the big time yet, and will benefit from another year in the familiar setting of preschool.

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