Early childhood registration begins April 22

Early childhood registration begins April 22

Registration for prekindergarten and kindergarten students begins Tuesday, April 22, at all Charles County public elementary schools. To enter prekindergarten for the 2014-15 school year, students must be four years old by September 1. To be eligible for kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year, students must be five years old by September 1.

Registration for in-county students is conducted at the individual elementary schools. Parents can contact their child’s elementary school prior to April 22 to schedule an appointment with the registrar. To find out what elementary school your address is zoned for, use the School Locator feature on the Charles County Public Schools website at www.ccboe.com. Contact the department of student services at 301-934-7326 if you need information about registering a child who is moving to the area.

All children entering Charles County Public Schools must have the following information:

  • A physical examination by a physician or a certified practitioner (physicals must be completed between nine months prior to and six months after entering school);
  • Proof of required immunizations against communicable diseases (the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 896 form showing the required immunizations is available at any school);
  • Proof that the student has completed the grade prior to the one in which the parent is seeking enrollment, such as a report card marked promoted;
  • The child’s birth certificate or other acceptable proof of birth (passport/visa; physician’s certificate; baptismal or church certification; hospital certificate; or birth registration). If the child was born in Maryland, a copy of his/her birth certificate can be purchased from the Charles County Department of Health, 301-609-6900; and
  • Two proofs of residency: deed, current signed verifiable lease or rental agreement (with signatures of both parties), current utility bill (complete with name and address), statement of residence verification form accompanied by two acceptable proofs of residency for the owner/lessee of the property, ratified purchase contract and letter with settlement date, property tax bill for domicile (not assessment), most recent property insurance bill, current pay check with name and address, property title record, current court document (with name, date, and home address), current government issued document that includes name, date and home address such as documentation of benefits from the Social Security Administration, and written documentation of a home visit by a pupil personnel worker. Call the department of student services at 301-934-7326 with questions about proofs of residency.

Any proof of residency, bill, or other document must be presented in its entirety with parent/guardian name and both the residence/service address as well as the mailing address including city, state and current date.

Students who are transferring from another school in Maryland should also have a copy of the Student Record Card 7 that is completed by the sending school. The Student Record Card 7 is also called the Maryland Student Withdrawal/Transfer Record.

The selection of prekindergarten students is based on criteria and guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Charles County Public Schools. Placement in the program is based on need in the following three categories:

  • Category one: economically disadvantaged or homeless children; MSDE defines economically disadvantaged as children eligible for free lunch, or homeless status documented by CCPS;
  • Category two: prior participation in a state or federally funded program, such as Head Start or Even Start; English Language Learners (ELL), Speech IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or Child Find Referral Form, or eligible family circumstances; and
  • Category three: children who are not eligible for categories one or two, and if vacancies exist, which are determined on a school-by-school basis.

For more information, visit the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com or contact the office of early childhood education at 301-934-7360.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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