Kindergarten registration, April 7th

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The clock is ticking for parents who want to register their children for kindergarten for the upcoming school year.

Registration is quite unique this year. For the first time ever, several school districts in the greater Richmond area have come together to offer a common kindergarten registration date.

Four-year-old Isabel Sipe loves playing with her toys. She also enjoys singing her a-b-c's and counting numbers to her mommy. Isabel will be heading to kindergarten this school year -- but before that happens, Isabel's parents must register her first. Something they plan on doing this week.

"We'll go to the big school  and march ourselves in there and fill out the paperwork," said Isabel's mother, Barbara Sipe.

April 7th is the day.  For the first time ever ten localities in the area are using the date for on-time kindergarten registration. Participating school districts range from Powhatan to Petersburg and Charles City County to Chesterfield County.

Smart Beginnings, which is part of Untied Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, pushed for the common registration date. The move is expected to benefit students and schools.

"It gives them enough lead time to understand the children they're going to be having. Then there's time in between to begin to work with parents," said Sherrie Branch.

Last year, nearly 4,000 children registered late.

This is what you'll need when you register your child: the child's birth certificate, social security number, proof of residency, health form, and a photo ID of the parent. If you don't have all the information to register your child, on  Thursday April 7th,  just bring what you can and make arrangements to submit the other items at a later date.

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