Preparing for Kindergarten
Going to kindergarten is one of the most important events in your child’s life. It can be exciting as you and your child anticipate going to “big school.” But it can also be a time of less than happy feelings.
You may feel sad because your child is growing up and worry about the changes that are coming. You may even feel uncertain about your new role as the parent of a school-age child. Your child may be sad about leaving familiar teachers and friends and may worry about the unknown. “What happens at big school? Where will I go to the bathroom? Will my friends be there? Who will be my teacher?”
First Things First: Basic Information
1. Public school kindergarten in North Carolina is open to all children who are 5 years old on or before August 31. Note: A private kindergarten may have a different cutoff date.
2. Locate the elementary school your child will attend. If you’re not sure, call your school district main office. To locate your child’s school and find out more information about kindergarten registration, contact your local school district:
3. Contact the school to find out when and where you can register your child.
4. Ask what is required for registration. In Edgecombe and Nash counties, required documents may include:
- Proof of residency (current utility bill, deed or lease)
- Your child’s certified birth certificate
- An updated immunization record
- A completed Kindergarten Health Assessment (available at the school or health department)
5. Register your child early! This is less stressful for you and helps the school prepare for their new students.
6. Find out if there is a special day for new kindergarten students and their parents to
visit the school. And be sure to attend!
7. Ask the school if they have information that describes the skills kindergarten children
are expected to have and who you can talk to if you have concerns.
8. Ask about other information that can help you plan, such as
- Hours your child will be in school
- Breakfast, lunch and snack guidelines
- A school calendar with holiday and teacher workdays
- Bus routes and schedules
9. Make arrangements for transportation so there are no last minute problems.
10. Plan for before and after-school care and care during holidays and teacher workdays.
School-age care can be hard to find. For referrals or more information please call 252-985-4300.
This information is adapted from The Daily Parent, a newsletter for parents funded by the Citi Foundation and produced by NACCRRA (The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies).