Thursday, April 20 marks the seventh annual Regional Kindergarten Registration Campaign, coordinated by Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. This campaign establishes one common registration day for 13 school divisions – that’s 150 elementary schools – in the Richmond region.
Children who are five years old by September 30 can start kindergarten in the fall, but first they need to be registered. Thursday, April 20 is the day for on-time registration for children in the following school divisions: the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg, as well as the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan and Prince George.
There is quite a bit of paperwork needed to register a child for kindergarten, and pulling everything together takes time. Parents and caregivers are still encouraged to attend registration even if they do not have all the documents because exceptions could apply. These are the documents needed for registration:
• Child’s official, certified birth certificate
• Two proofs of address
• School Entrance Health Form (This can be turned in any time before the first day of school)
• Photo ID for parent or legal guardian
For more information about kindergarten registration and what to bring on April 20, parents can visit www.SmartBeginningsRVA.org, contact your child's zoned school, or dial the phone number “2-1-1” and find information specific to Richmond Public Schools.