Early entrance to kindergarten is a strategy used to make educational accommodations for young children with advanced cognitive abilities. It allows children to begin kindergarten at a chronologically earlier age than their peers and to be placed at a level that is academically aligned with their abilities. The early entrance strategy also provides students the opportunity to spend a number of years in the company of their academic peers while continuing to develop socially and emotionally. Although this accommodation strategy is primarily designed to meet the academic needs of children with exceptional abilities, it often serves their social and emotional needs also. This entry describes issues relating to early entrance for kindergarten.

Early Entrance Strategy as Part of Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten is part of a ...

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