Pre-K / Kindergarten Registraion
Somerset County Public Schools
Pre-K Registration Begins March 30, 2020
Pre-K/ Kindergarten Registration
For more information, call Karen Karten at 410-651-1616
Early Learning Pathways
During the first five years of your child’s life, your child’s brain undergoes the most dramatic changes; growing and developing more than any other time in their life. Everything your child experiences during this time has a profound impact on their later years and school success. Somerset County Public Schools understands that you, as a parent, are your child’s very first teacher. Therefore, we want to partner with you to help your family as your child travels down the path to kindergarten. This Early Learning Pathways is designed to help you prepare your child for the exciting journey to school.
Early Learning In Somerset County:
All 4 year olds in Somerset County (who turn 4 by September 1) are encouraged to attend Pre-K. This FREE program is designed to give children that extra boost and get them ready for kindergarten learning. Somerset County Public Schools partners with Head Start and Child Care programs and works to provide appropriate Pre-Kindergarten options. The County offers a Full Day Pre-Kindergarten program but this program is optional and some parents may prefer to enroll their child in Head Start or a local child care program. However, if you decide to enroll you child in public Pre-Kindergarten it is vital that they attend every day! Good attendance is a very important part of your child’s school success and this includes Pre-Kindergarten attendance.
Kindergarten is a full day program and is not optional. All children who turn 5 by September 1 must register for kindergarten. (The State Board of Education regulations allow parents or legal guardians to submit a one-year level of maturity waiver for a kindergarten-age child if they believe that a delay in kindergarten attendance is in the best interest of their child. The child, however, must attend kindergarten the next year.)
*Funding for Pre-Kindergarten differs from other school programming and though not mandatory, Pre-Kindergarten is highly recommended. The county will continue to try to meet the needs of families by providing Pre-K education to all families requesting this.
Early Learning Pathways Time Line:
From the very first day you bring your child home from the hospital, read to your child, attend playgroups, visit the library, sing and talk with your child, help care for a pet or visit animals at the zoo, count objects, play outside, and play inside etc… all of these things will help your child learn some basic language, math, science, cognitive and social-emotional skills. These skills are all key to your child succeeding that first day of school.
Get to know your schools and plan to visit. Even before your child is ready for school, you can contact the school and get to know administration, staff and teachers. Attend family events provided by the schools. If your child attends child care or Head Start, be sure you get to know your child’s teacher. Making these connections early on can lead to later success in school.
Register for School: (End of March – Mid June)
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration begins in the spring, with the Spring into School campaign.(Pre-Kindergarten is open for children turning 4 by September 1 and Kindergarten is open for children turning 5 by September 1)
Registration forms will be available at your child’s school and you may return all forms to the school, beginning the first week of April. Several Registration Events will take place throughout the county during this Spring Into School campaign. These will include evening enrollment times for your convenience. You are encouraged to enroll your child early to ensure a spot in Pre-Kindergarten and to help ensure early classroom/teacher assignments. All applications should be completed and returned by June 19th. SCPS will offer a free Transition to Pre-K program during the summer. Your child must be registered for Pre-K by June 19th to be eligible for this program.
If all students are accepted into Pre-K, why do I need to provide information about my income? We are excited to provide Universal Pre-K to all families residing in Somerset County, regardless of income, however, it is still necessary for us to verify income eligibility for all families. The funding fro Pre-K differs from K-12 and we depend on other grants as well as local funding to enable us to provide this opportunity. Some of these grants require income verification and so we must get this information from all families. Because of this, you will be asked to provide a recent tax return, W2, pay stubs for one month or another form of verification of income. Your child will not be enrolled until this information is provided. All information is kept confidential.
You are also required to provide the following information and your application is not complete until all documents are on file (you will not get your child's room assignment until they are actually enrolled with ALL documentation):
- Residence Verification (lease or rental agreement, property tax bill, utility bill, etc…)
- Birth Certificate
- Immunization records
- Record of Physical Exam
- Lead Screening
- Parent/ Guardian Photo ID
- Household Income Verification: This must be provided for all persons working or receiving income in the household
- 2019 Tax Form 1040, including all W2's and/or one month of current pay stubs for each job/each adult in the household.
- Proof of additional income sources (i.e., child support court order or letter, unemployment benefits, Temporary Cash Assistance, rental income, Social Security benefits, financial support letter showing dollar amount, etc.)
Attend a welcome session at your child’s school. This will provide you and your child a chance to visit the school and learn about a typical school day. Children will meet the teachers and administration, tour the classrooms, see the lunchroom, gym, nurse’s office and even the bathrooms!
In addition, children attending Head Start and Child Care will be invited to attend a field trip to their new school for special day just for them.
School personnel will attend Spring Head Start events and be available to assist with Pre-Kindergarten and kindergarten registration. You are not automatically enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten if your child is attending Head Start. A school application must still be completed.
Right Before School Starts: Summer
You will receive information about your child’s placement. You will find out if your child will be attending full day or part day pre-kindergarten. You will receive a list of school supplies and information about school uniforms.
Final Thoughts: Partnering for School Success!
Though the first five years of a child’s life are essential to their school success, we also understand that the next 13-14 years will include a lot of important milestones in your child’s academic life. It is our desire to partner with you as you and your child join our school community. School and instructional staff are always there to answer questions and help you as your child transitions along the Early Learning Pathways. Welcome to Somerset County Public Schools!
Contact your child's school for registration details.
Pre-K Summer Transition Program
Contact Karen Karten for more information
Woodson Elementary School and Princess Anne Elementary School
Program runs from July 27, 2020 through August 6, 2020
Transportation provided to and from school
Hours: 8:30-12:30 (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Students must be enrolled in Somerset County Schools
for the 2020-2021 school year to be eligible to attend.
Applications are due by June 19, 2020
Spots are limited... don't miss out on this great opportunity!
Applications will be available on March 30, 2020 for the summer program.