The counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Henrico, Hanover, New Kent and Powhatan, as well as Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Richmond, all have the same date for kindergarten registration which is April 7, 2011. If you’re a parent, or a grandparent raising a grandchild, don’t miss this important date.
4,000 missed registration
During the school year 2010-11, more than 4,000 kindergartners were not registered on time in the Greater Richmond area. That’s a lot of late registrations, headaches, and re-planning!
The sooner the schools have an accurate count of incoming kindergarteners, the better they can prepare for September based on expected attendance. It is also a time when parents and grandparents should start helping children prepare for the upcoming year of school by talking about it and visiting the schools.
Most schools require the following documentation during registration. Check with your particular school district to confirm what is needed.
- Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate
- Child’s Social Security number
- Proof of county residency
- School Entrance Health Form completed by a licensed medical provider
- Photo ID for parent or legal guardian
With more than 12,000 new kindergartners expected for 2011-12, there are lots of registrations to process so be sure and register your child on time. Mark April 7, 2011 on your calendar now and make it a day of fun for your little one as they begin to prepare for the year ahead. Children are not required to attend the registration process, but it can be a good way to introduce them to the school.
For more information on kindergarten registration, visit www.readychildren.net where you’ll find answers to most frequently asked questions and phone numbers for your county or city registration office. You can also call 2-1-1 for information.