RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – For the first-time ever, area school systems unite for the sake of kindergarten students. Every year, thousands of parents are late in registering their children for kindergarten. With budget cuts affecting staff and resources 10 school systems announced April 7, 2011 will be the day to register.
The school systems participating in the April 7th registration are: Charles City County, Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, New Kent County, Powhatan County, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Richmond.
Superintendents from those localities united to form the Smart Beginnings campaign. They say nearly 12,000 kindergartners are expected this fall. More than 4,000 of those students register late for school.
Nearly one in seven children in the Richmond region enters kindergarten without the necessary language and literacy skills-- that's about 1,750 children or the equivalent of three elementary schools.
With budget cuts expected, schools are already planning for the next school year. When a child is registered late it affects the class size and resources.
Children who will be 5-years-old by September 30th are eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2011.
To learn more about the April 7th registration