2010-04-21 / Family

Kindergarten/pre-K registration is this week

In Chesterfield County, April 22 is the date to register children to attend kindergarten or apply for a limited number of prekindergarten spots. The only exception is Robious Elementary, which will hold registration on April 29.

Offered in every elementary school, kindergarten is a full-day program designed to help children learn language arts, math, science and social studies. A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 to attend kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year.

A limited number of prekindergarten spots are available in 12 schools to provide school readiness skills to eligible children so they are prepared for kindergarten. Students must live in the attendance zone of a school with a prekindergarten program, and no waivers will be given. Eligibility guidelines vary depending on how programs are funded.

Preschool classes are offered for children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, who show an educational need and live in the attendance zones of Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Providence or Reams elementary schools.

Head Start classes are offered for children who will be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 30, whose families meet federal income guidelines and who live in the attendance zones of Bellwood, Bensley, Chalkley, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hopkins or Marguerite Christian elementary schools. To enroll through the Head Start office, call 279-7357.

Parents should take their children between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 22 to the elementary school they are zoned to attend. To determine which school to go to, parents may call 748- 1666 or visit www.chesterfield.k12.va.us and click “Schools” and then “School Lookup Feature.”

Parents should bring to registration a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate. The child’s Social Security number is requested, and families applying for prekindergarten must also bring two recent pay stubs.

To attend Chesterfield County Public Schools, children must reside in Chesterfield County with a parent or legal guardian, so parents must bring a photo ID and one of these proofs of county residency to registration:

• Lease for at least one year or deed of a residence or property in Chesterfield County

• Contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield residence within two months of the date of enrollment

• Resident manager’s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence in Chesterfield County

• Weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (requires renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment)

On registration day or by the first day of school, parents must provide:

• Record of a physical examination within the past 12 months

• Updated medical records listing date of each required immunization

Parents should make every effort to register their children on April 22 (or April 29 at Robious). If this is not possible, parents should call the school to set up an appointment as soon as possible. For prekindergarten, it is especially important to apply on April 22 because children will be chosen for the limited number of spots by April 28. Families who apply late will be placed on a waiting list.

For more information, call your zoned school or visit www.chesterfield.k12.va.us.

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