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Chas. Co. Prekindergarten, Kindergarten Registration Begins April 11


Kindergarten registration begins April 11

The registration process for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) kindergarten program begins on Monday, April 11 at all Charles County public elementary schools. To be eligible for kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year, students must be five years old by September 1.

Kindergarten registration for in-county students is conducted at the individual elementary schools. To find out what elementary school an address is zoned for, use the School Locator feature on the Charles County Public Schools website at www.ccboe.com. Some schools allow parents to make kindergarten registration appointments in advance. Call your child’s zoned school of attendance to ask about registration appointments.

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);

• 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 domicile (residency): deed, mortgage statement/bill or settlement papers (with appropriate signatures), current signed verifiable lease or rental agreement (with signatures of both parties), current utility bill (complete with name and address), completed Verification of Domicile form accompanied by two acceptable proofs of domicile for the owner/lessee of the property, property tax bill for domicile (not assessment), current pay check with name and address, property title record, current court document (with name, date, and home address), and current government issued documents that include name, date and home address such as documentation of benefits from the Social Security Administration.

• Call the department of student services at 301-934-7326 with questions about proofs of domicile.

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

System accepting early kindergarten applications April 11

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin to accept applications for early entrance to kindergarten on Monday, April 11. The school system has procedures and guidelines for early entrance into the kindergarten program. Parents must submit an application by June 15 for their child to be tested for early kindergarten admission.

Early admission for the 2016-17 school year is open only to children whose fifth birthday falls between Sept. 2 and Oct. 15, 2016, and who reside with a parent or guardian in Charles County. State law requires students entering kindergarten to be five years old by Sept. 1 in the school year in which the child registers. In some cases, early admission is granted to children who turn five years old between Sept. 2 and Oct. 15; however, there are a number of considerations and rigorous admission standards.

Applications are available at all county elementary schools and should be submitted to the school in which the child would attend. Parents can use the School Locator feature on the Charles County Public Schools website at www.ccboe.com to determine what school their child would attend. Applications are forwarded to the CCPS early childhood education office for review. The application is also posted at http://www.ccboe.com/community/parents/register.php.

To be considered for early admission, children must demonstrate exceptional ability in social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Potential early admission students are tested by certified CCPS staff, who use a standardized test that takes approximately 60 minutes and includes mathematics, reading/language and general knowledge for kindergarten. Parents will be contacted within two weeks of submitting a completed application to set up a testing appointment.

Parents will be notified by mail of their child’s eligibility within three weeks of the testing date. In addition to testing, the following are other guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education and CCPS for early entrance into a kindergarten program.

• Children must be five years old by Oct. 15.

• Student placement in the program is based on exceptional ability in social emotional, cognitive and physical development.

• Children who are admitted early into kindergarten are provisionally placed and observed for a 30-calendar day period at the beginning of the school year.

• Acceptance for early admission and registration does not guarantee continuation in kindergarten beyond the 30-calendar day placement review.

All children entering CCPS must also 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);

• 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 domicile (residency): deed, mortgage statement/bill or settlement papers (with appropriate signatures), current signed verifiable lease or rental agreement (with signatures of both parties), current utility bill (complete with name and address), completed Verification of Domicile form accompanied by two acceptable proofs of domicile for the owner/lessee of the property, property tax bill for domicile (not assessment), current pay check with name and address, property title record, current court document (with name, date, and home address), and current government issued documents that include name, date and home address such as documentation of benefits from the Social Security Administration.

• Call the department of student services at 301-934-7326 with questions about proofs of domicile.

Early kindergarten admission does not guarantee that a child will be promoted to the next grade. Decisions regarding the promotion of early admission kindergartners to first grade will be based on performance during the kindergarten year. Students who do not qualify for early entrance into kindergarten are not automatically placed into the prekindergarten program. Parents must submit a separate application for prekindergarten admission, and acceptance is based on state and CCPS guidelines.

For more information on the early kindergarten entrance requirements and application process, visit the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/parents/register.php. Call the early childhood education office at 301-934-7380 with questions.

Prekindergarten program application process starts April 11

The application process for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) prekindergarten program begins Monday, April 11 at all Charles County public elementary schools. To be eligible for prekindergarten, students must be four years old by September 1.

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

• Category one (guaranteed admission): students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals; qualify for homeless status (certified by the CCPS department of student services); or receive food stamps and/or Temporary Cash Assistance (valid food stamp or TCA letter showing names of household members is required).

• Category two (next priority, admission is not guaranteed/students must meet one or more criteria): family income falls within 10 percent of the limit for category one; child has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP); child speaks another language at home; child participated in Head Start or other federally funded program in the past 12 months; or certain family circumstances (adolescent parent, elderly guardian, parent has a diagnosed chronic illness that impacts his/her ability to care for the child, or parent is/will be deployed for 12 months or more).

• Category three: children who are not eligible for categories one or two, and wish to be considered if vacancies exist, which are determined on a school-by-school basis. Families applying for category three admission must submit a separate application and only need to provide a birth certificate and verify their home address when applying. Additional registration documents (listed below) will only be required if the child is placed into the prekindergarten program. Details on the category three application are posted at http://www.ccboe.com/PDF/earlychildhood/Category3Request1617.pdf.

Category one families will be notified of their child’s application status within three weeks of submitting their application. Category two and three families will be notified at a later time, and may not be notified until after the start of the school year. Category three families will only be notified in the event that their child is placed. School change requests are not honored for prekindergarten.

Prekindergarten applications are available at all Charles County public elementary schools, and on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/parents/register.php. To find out what elementary school an address is zoned for, use the School Locator feature on the Charles County Public Schools website at www.ccboe.com.

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);

• 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 domicile (residency): deed, mortgage statement/bill or settlement papers (with appropriate signatures), current signed verifiable lease or rental agreement (with signatures of both parties), current utility bill (complete with name and address), completed Verification of Domicile form accompanied by two acceptable proofs of domicile for the owner/lessee of the property, property tax bill for domicile (not assessment), current pay check with name and address, property title record, current court document (with name, date, and home address), and current government issued documents that include name, date and home address such as documentation of benefits from the Social Security Administration.

• Call the department of student services at 301-934-7326 with questions about proofs of domicile.

Additional information is posted on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/parents/register.php, under the prekindergarten section.

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