The ECCS works closely with Southington parents and the local schools to make the kindergarten registration process as seamless as possible.
Under CT State Law, children must be age 5 by December 31 to attend public school that year, and thus could start as early as 4 years and 9 months old. Unsure when to register your child for preschool or kindergarten? Check out this When to Start chart by birth year.
Here is the typical kindergarten registration timeline for the Southington Public School System:
October – the ECCS hosts an annual Kindergarten Readiness workshop series for parents of 3 and 4 year olds. This three-night series covers math skills, literacy and kindergarten preparedness. Here are the presentations from 2017.
January – Kindergarten Registration Information Session for all parents of students who will start in the fall hosted by the Southington Public Schools, regardless of which school they will attend. For the 2018-2019 school year, this session is scheduled for January 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm with a snow date of January 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm, at the Joseph A. Depaolo Middle School auditorium, 385 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT. Note the venue was changed from Kennedy Middle School. See the Events page for details.
February – Online registration opens. For the 2018-2019 school year, it will open on February 12, 2018.
March – Schools host their own registration session where required residency and other documents are brought in to complete the registration process.
May – Kindergarten orientation scheduled by each school, including a bus orientation.
Late August – A letter is sent home to announce the Kindergarten teacher and classroom. Teachers may schedule an open house or tour a day or two before schools starts.
First day of school – Kindergarten students must be brought in by parents, no bus transportation. Don’t forget to take the first day of school photo in front of the school sign.
More information about the SPS registration process, forms and dates is on the Southington Public Schools site.
The parochial schools in town – Central Christian Academy and Southington Catholic – have their own registration process.
Southington Catholic School is accepts applications for their full day kindergarten program. Young students can be bussed right from their Southington home to the school’s front door at 133 Bristol Street. After school care is available on site for busy, working parents. Parents are invited to come visit and explore the benefits of small class size. For more information, please call 860-628-2485.
Central Christian Academy, at 1505 West Street in Southington can be reached at 860-621-6701.
A few of the preschool providers also offer programs for children who meet the State age eligibility requirements but are not developmentally ready to attend kindergarten. See their listings under Preschool Options.
The Capitol Regional Education Council (CREC) magnet schools are by lottery, applications are accepted in early winter with a late application period running into the summer. There are 10 CREC schools in the Greater Hartford area that offer a Pre-K program and 9 CREC schools that offer Kindergarten. For 2018-2019, complete and submit a Regional School Choice (RSCO) lottery application by February 28, 2017.