Educators and Parents are speaking out after a bill proposed by senate education chairman Cleo Fields that would require children who turn 5 years old to start kindergarten by september 30.
If senate bill 10 is approved , children would be required to start kindergarten as early as 2022- 23. educators and parents are optimistic about the proposal.
“By making kindergarten mandatory , it’s going to allow our kids to come in and get those skills that they need.“ Jmea Cedillo Said.
Right now -- Louisiana law requires school districts to offer kindergarten. However, it’s not required that parents enroll their children.
That could all change if lawmakers agree to senate bill 10 making kindergarten mandatory.
“Can you imagine a child coming in , in first grade and having never set foot in a school before. not only do they lack those educational skills but the social skills , the ability to emotionally regulate themselves in a classroom of 20 plus kids” Jmea Cedillo Said.
Pre-K Teacher Jmea Cedillo says building those foundational skills early is important.
“Now kindergarten is the place where we want our kids to almost come into it reading. If we are not using that , we're not making that time mandatory, then our kids are going to come in and be even bigger deficient than they are.” Jmea Cedillo Said.
Some Acadiana parents are also supporting the push.
“I think the younger they are to start putting them in something that can help with their education the better it is. i’m all even for year-round school.” Pasqueal Nguyen Said.
The senate education committee approved the bill on a 5-1 vote. The bill will advance to the senate floor, but could also go to the senate finance committee to assess the financial needs of providing kindergarten at all public schools.