CCPS encourages families to register for pre-K, kindergarten
— Though the current school year hasn’t ended yet, Cecil County Public Schools is already encouraging pre-K and kindergarten parents to start thinking ahead.
Registration for pre-K and kindergarten is now open and school officials say parents should enroll their kids as early as possible.
“The earlier the better,” said Mandy Feeney, CCPS instructional coordinator for early childhood education. “I really do encourage families to not wait, and to get out there and get enrolled.”
Enrolling early will have extra benefits for county families this year because of changes the school system has made to the pre-K registration process. While every student gets into kindergarten, there are certain qualifications kids must meet to be automatically enrolled in pre-K, Feeney said.
Spots in the half-day pre-K classes, which are offered at all 17 of the county’s elementary schools, are open first to economically disadvantaged and homeless students, and then to special education students. Any child who doesn’t qualify under those two categories is placed on a wait list and their enrollment is delayed until after the first
two weeks of school, Feeney said.
This year, CCPS has redesigned the application process so when parents fill out the paperwork they’ll know right away what category their child is in. In the past, parents had to wait until August to get a call from CCPS telling them whether their child qualified for either of the first two categories, Feeney said.
“They’ll know almost immediately what the plan is for their child in the fall,” she said. “Our process is to let you know right away so you know what you need to do for your child for the other half of their day.”
Parents can register their child for pre-K or kindergarten by going to their home elementary school, where the school secretaries will help them through the process. Kids who will be attending the new Perryville Elementary School, which will reopen in August, can register at either Bainbridge or Charlestown elementary schools.
For pre-K registration, parents will need to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate, proof of Cecil County residency and proof of income eligibility, if applicable. For kindergarten registration, parents will need to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate, proof of Cecil County residency and up-to-date immunization records.
Anyone with questions can contact the Early Childhood Office at 410-996-5424.