Preparing for School

Exposing a child to preschool experiences is essential in preparation for kindergarten. Preschool experiences can be defined in several ways – including nursery school, childcare programs, enrichment programs, reading programs, music programs and many more. Any child-based programs that allow for the child to interact with other children and participate in a group setting begin to lay the strong foundations for kindergarten readiness.

Preschool registration for school-year based programs opens in January/February for the fall of 2022. Childcare providers, which may run full-day and year-round, also offer a preschool curriculum. The ECCS lists the Preschool Options, including openings and registration dates, and maintains a list of enrichment programs and other resources for parents.

Children in Southington have the option of attending the Southington Public School (SPS) district, a Choice or Magnet school, or a private school such as Southington Catholic. For some children and families home schooling may be a better option. 

For 2022, the Southington Public School district is hosting a Kindergarten Information session in late February and online registration is scheduled to open in March. The Kindergarten registration page spells out the options and details.

Unsure when you should sign your child up for school?  Here is a helpful chart.

Developmental psychologists at the University of Illinois and Auburn University found that regular family routines initiated as early as 14 months can predict a child’s readiness for kindergarten. Routines help children regulate emotions and learn to interact in a socially appropriate way, according to the researchers. They suggest establishing routines with children early, even if it’s as simple as brushing your teeth with them every night.

Regardless of where children attend school, the ECCS Kindergarten Readiness Workshops may help you get your child prepared, here are the 2018 presentations.

Visit the ECCS Events page for more information about workshops, webinars, or virtual office hours for parents/guardians.