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Holding Back To Succeed: Tonight at 10 p.m.

(WHNT) - Every college football fan knows what redshirting is.  It's when you delay a player's eligibility a year so they'll either grow up some, get stronger, or still be in school when you need them.

But what does that mean when you're talking about your child's kindergarten?  These days, it means not starting your child in school when they're 5, but instead-- holding them back a year till they're 6.

Is that what you should do with your child?  Deciding that is a big responsibility.

"We're setting them up to succeed, so somehow we feel like we can make that happen for them," said parent Melanie Alston.

And that's where the big decision comes.  Do you start your child at 5, or wait a year?  In a lot of kindergarten classes, there can be an age range of nearly two years.  Is young okay?

"Well, they need to be a certain age before they come, and it's not always just if they're ready by law to come to kindergarten," said Phyllis Tufts, a kindergarten teacher. "That's not always what you have to look at."

It's all the things a parent does need to look at that cause the worry.  'When' to start your child in kindergarten is a major decision.  WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to give you the information you need to make the right decision.

Anchor Steve Johnson explores this issue in a special report, 'Holding Back to Succeed," Wednesday, May 15 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m.


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