NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some young, eager children will have to wait another year before they can begin their school career.
In 2007, the state House passed a bill that changes the cutoff date for students from October 16th to August 31.
Meaning, kindergartners must be 5 years old by August 31 to start school this fall.
According to the New Hanover County school board, lawmakers changed the date to ensure students are more prepared to face the new challenges of kindergarten.
"The theory was although it is not substantiated with studies but if a child was older they may be more prepared for school and if they were ready there would be less of a likelihood they would drop out of school later," said Elizabeth Redenbuagh with the board of education.
Parent, Jessica Rushings is thankful her 4-year-old son, Matthew will make the cutoff. She said she could not afford another year of pre-school care, but does see some advantages.
Kindergarten can be very challenging as students prepare for first grade. In fact, several parents hold their children back a year so they're more mature.
Formal registration for New Hanover County schools has closed, but they're still accepting applications.