Senator Kimberly Lightford wants mandatory kindergarten for Illinois children. She has a bill waiting to be voted on by the entire Senate that will lower compulsory attendance age to 5 years of age from 7. Her website says this:
State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) believes that for children to succeed, they need to start school by the age of 5.
“Children who start school later struggle to keep up with their peers,” Lightford said. “Many of them start first or second grade without basic reading and math skills. They get discouraged because everyone else is so far ahead of them. That’s not fair to them, their teachers or their parents.”