More than a thousand people rallied at the state capitol Tuesday to support early childhood education.
Governor Neil Abercrombie was also there to show his support.
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Under a new rule that goes into effect this year, children must be five years old by Jul. 31 to go to kindergarten. That means about 5,000 children in Hawaii will not be old enough to attend kindergarten.
"I'm here because I think it's important my kids start school and have the social skill they need and development skill that are given in school," said parent Kristina Gravely.
A bill supporting early education has already passed the senate and would appropriate money for early education. It is currently in a House education committee.
That bill should be heard by the committee Friday or Monday.