A new law could make kindergarten mandatory for all children.
The bill was passed by state lawmakers during the week. Under the current law, children are not required to attend school until the age of six.
The law would also lower the age to five years old.
Officials say most parents enroll their kids in school at the age of five anyway but as many as 3,000 enter the first grade without ever going to kindergarten.
The bill is awaiting Governor Cuomo's approval.