An information session was held on Tuesday, January, 16, for parents with questions on registering their child for kindergarten for the 2013 - 2014 school year. The Please Touch Museum, was the site of the session arranged in part by the School District of Philadelphia. Parents of children who will be five years old by September 1, 2013, were given the opportunity to address questions to a kindergarten registration panel featuring an early childhood teacher, pre-K and kindergarten teacher, and representatives from the Office of Early Childhood Education, Office of Charter, Partnership and New Schools, Office of Specialized Services, and Office of Student Enrollment and Placement.
Topics covered during the session included:
- Kindergarten registration process
- Tips on preparing my child for kindergarten
- A day in the life of a kindergarten teacher
- Special education services
- How to locate a school online
- Documents needed for registration
Parents were also informed on how to become involved in their child’s education, what to do if their child’s neighborhood school is on the proposed school district closure list, and the importance of registering early. With a record number 84 charter schools operating in the school district, attendees at the event were told, “The greatest opportunity to get a child enrolled in a charter school is in kindergarten.”
Early registration for kindergarten will be held January 22 – May 31. Parents with children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2013, may register their child at their local school or go online.
The last information session will be held on Tuesday, January 22, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Free Library of Philadelphia-Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Those interested in attending are advised to register for the event.
Contact: Doria Mitchell at 215-400-4270, or email@example.com