What age should kids start kindergarten?

Parents of Nebraska toddlers eager to get their kids into kindergarten may have to wait. On Friday, lawmakers gave first-round approval to a bill (LB1006) that would push back by 75 days the age-cutoff date at which children could enter kindergarten.

Supporters say thousands of parents and teachers have complained that kindergarten classes now often have children at too many ages and stages of development, making it hard to teach them. The bill would require that children be 5 years old by July 31 to be admitted.

The current date cutoff is 5 by Oct. 15. But children still could be allowed to enter earlier if assessments show they are ready for kindergarten.