If you are anxious about your child starting kindergarten, area school officials suggest the best way to lose those fears is to register your child on one of the upcoming regional kindergarten registration days in March, April and May.
Janis Brunson, Supervisor of Literacy and Humanities Learning and Organizational Development for Stafford county schools, loves early registration day for kindergarten. “Everyone is so fresh and eager. Everything is new and we get to start off these children with a positive experience. That first day sets the tone for the rest of the year, really.”
marchSpotsylvania Director of Early Education, Michael Mudd agrees. “Early registration helps a child to use the months ahead to get excited about kindergarten, ask parents questions and sharpen skills they have learned in the years leading up to kindergarten. Schools also benefit greatly from early registration because they can plan more efficiently for the coming school year. Registering for kindergarten is much more than simply completing paperwork. It is about helping children to be “kindergarten ready” and helping schools to plan for the students.”
Stafford School Officials want to double the number of early registrations for kindergarten this year, says Brunson. “We had 300 register early last year and we would love to hit 600 this year.” To reach their goal, Stafford County is launching online kindergarten registration this Spring. Although parents still must visit the school to provide identification documents, much of the paperwork can be done ahead of time online.