As spring begins to unfold in our region, the next school year may seem like it’s a long time away. But it’s not too soon to start thinking about your child’s first day of kindergarten this fall. In fact, the most important date for parents of rising kindergarteners – children who are 5 years old by September 30 — is right around the corner.
Thursday, April 19 is the day for on-time registration for children starting kindergarten in the fall in 12 local school divisions: the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond, as well as the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan. Nearly 12,000 children will enter kindergarten in the fall in the greater Richmond and Petersburg region.
There is quite a bit of paperwork needed to register a child for kindergarten, and pulling everything together takes time. To reward both parents and children for on-time registration on April 19, Community Idea Stations is providing a fun PBS KIDS activity booklet, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond is providing a free pass to the museum for any child who registers on time. These will be given to each child and parent on April 19 when they attend kindergarten registration at their child’s elementary school.
For more information about kindergarten registration and what to bring on April 19, parents can
dial 2-1-1 or visit www.readychildren.net and find information specific to their school division. United Way offers more specific information about each school system’s requirements on its website.