Can you believe it? It seems like your baby was just learning to crawl yesterday, and now it’s time to enroll him or her in kindergarten.
It’s an exciting time for both of you, but you probably have some questions about the whole process. In an earlier blog, “The Benefits of Catholic School Kindergarten,” we discussed the benefits of choosing a Catholic kindergarten for your child’s mind, body, and soul. In this blog, we are going to talk more about the when’s and how’s of this exciting first step in your child’s academic career.
Our goal is to help you feel a little less overwhelmed, and a lot more confident, about sending your budding learner off, so we’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions and responses about enrolling your child in kindergarten.
- What is the age requirement for kindergarten? A child must reach age 5 by December 31 in order to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment. If your child doesn’t meet that requirement just yet, the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford offer an exceptional Pre-K program.
- How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten? While we understand that every child develops at his or her own pace, there are a few skills that a child must meet before being accepted into kindergarten. These include the ability to:
- Use the bathroom independently
- Communicate effectively
- Pass an informal readiness inventory
However, if you do feel that your child is falling behind, talk to your early childhood program teachers and pediatrician about your concerns.
3. What information will I need to complete the enrollment application?
Basic Information about the child:
- Official proof of the child’s identity and age
- Proof of residence
- Proof of specific vaccinations
- Basic information about mother, father and/or guardian
- Information on sacrament(s) received (if applicable)
- Completed emergency contact and medical referral forms (provided by school)
- Note: Be sure to check the school’s individual website for additional requirements.
4. Which is better for my child: full-day or half-day kindergarten?
The answer to this question varies based on your child’s individual needs and your family’s schedule. Both programs provide an excellent education, and if you are having trouble deciding which one is the best fit, the staff at any of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford would be happy to help you choose confidently.
- If you have any other questions about enrolling your young learner in kindergarten, please free free to reach out to the staff in the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Catholic School community. We are here to help you and your child every step of the way.
- And when it’s time to start actually preparing for school, check out our blog “Helping Your Child Transition from Public to Faith-based School,” which offers great advice for getting your child ready, whether it’s the first day of kindergarten or a transfer from another school.
- Do you have any advice for parents enrolling their child in kindergarten? Let us know on our social media pages.