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State Senator Honored for Kindergarten Readiness Work

Friday, November 09, 2012

San Mateo Daily Journal

There’s something unique about Susan Stanchfield’s class at Taft Elementary School in Redwood City — almost all the students have birthdays this month.

The calendar for November is littered with birthday cakes, indicating some little 4-year-old is turning 5. Yesterday, two little ones were wearing a crown noting the occasion. Traditionally birthdays are sprinkled throughout the calendar year in a class. But Stanchfield’s class is one of about 2,000 transitional kindergarten rooms throughout the state serving children who turn 5 late in the year. This year, the first for the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, authored by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, the birthday cutoff date was moved up to Nov. 1. The goal is to ultimately require students to be 5 years old to start kindergarten.

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