2010 California Code
Education Code
Article 1. Kindergartens

EDUCATION CODE
SECTION 48000-48002



48000.  (a) A child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained
by the school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a
later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth
birthday on or before one of the following dates:
   (1) December 2 of the 2011-12 school year.
   (2) November 1 of the 2012-13 school year.
   (3) October 1 of the 2013-14 school year.
   (4) September 1 of the 2014-15 school year and each school year
thereafter.
   (b) The governing board of a school district maintaining one or
more kindergartens may, on a case-by-case basis, admit to a
kindergarten a child having attained the age of five years at any
time during the school year with the approval of the parent or
guardian, subject to the following conditions:
   (1) The governing board determines that the admittance is in the
best interests of the child.
   (2) The parent or guardian is given information regarding the
advantages and disadvantages and any other explanatory information
about the effect of this early admittance.
   (c) As a condition of receipt of apportionment for pupils in a
transitional kindergarten program pursuant to subdivision (g) of
Section 46300, a school district or charter school shall ensure the
following:
   (1) In the 2012-13 school year, a child who will have his or her
fifth birthday between November 2 and December 2 shall be admitted to
a transitional kindergarten program maintained by the school
district.
   (2) In the 2013-14 school year, a child who will have his or her
fifth birthday between October 2 and December 2 shall be admitted to
a transitional kindergarten program maintained by the school
district.
   (3) In the 2014-15 school year and each school year thereafter, a
child who will have his or her fifth birthday between September 2 and
December 2 shall be admitted to a transitional kindergarten program
maintained by the school district.
   (d) For purposes of this section, "transitional kindergarten"
means the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a
modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally
appropriate.
   (e) A transitional kindergarten shall not be construed as a new
program or higher level of service.



48002.  The parent or guardian of a child shall, prior to the
admission of the child to the kindergarten or first grade of a school
district, present proof to the authorities of the district
evidencing that the child is of the minimum age fixed by law for
admission thereto. The method of proof of age shall be prescribed by
the governing board, and the evidence may be in the form of a
certified copy of a birth record or a statement by the local
registrar or a county recorder certifying the date of birth, or a
baptism certificate duly attested, or a passport, or, when none of
the foregoing is obtainable, an affidavit of the parent, guardian, or
custodian of the minor, or any other appropriate means of proving
the age of the child as prescribed by the governing board of the
school district.

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