RVA Parenting: April 20 is regional kindergarten registration day

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A big warning for parents of rising kindergarteners in Central Virginia -- it's already time to think about kindergarten registration.

Mark this date: April 20, which is registration for all of the major school systems in the area: Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Dinwiddie, Goochland, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, and Prince George.

Two school districts -- Charles City and Sussex -- changed their kindergarten registration date. Charles City is April 13 and Sussex is April 14.

To register, go to the elementary school that your child will attend.

"Registering in spring is actually on-time registration," said Monica Callahan, director of Outreach and Development for Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. "People think that that's early but it's actually not. If you have a child that will be 5 by September 30th, April 20th is your registration day."

You'll need to bring:

  • An official, certified birth certificate
  • Proof of address: Deed, current mortgage statement from the lender, current lease (signed), sales contract for the purchase of the residence (signed by seller and purchaser)
  • One of the following must also reflect the residents' name and physical address: Current landline telephone, cable, internet, or satellite service bill, Voter registration card, Valid DMV issued auto registration, Tax document for the most recent tax year (income tax return, W-2 form, receipt for personal property taxes paid within the current year)
  • A school entrance health form
  • A photo ID for the parent or legal guardian

If you're missing a form, you should still go to the registration day and give the schools the information you have available.

"Schools need to prepare budgets, [and] teachers need to prepare their classrooms," said Callahan. "They need to know how many students to prepare for in the fall. So that's why the spring time is so vitally important for parents to go to school to register their child for kindergarten."

You can also get your child prepared with these tips:

  • Read books -- lots of them
  • Start a routine
  • Practice counting and the alphabet
  • Talk about feelings and respect
  • xplore by using scissors or crayons

Learn more at www.smartbeginningsrva.org or call 211.

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