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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. If attending public school then parents also have the option to keep their children at home through age 6.
UPDATE as of 3/17/2021 – The Southington Public School (SPS) system’s plans for the 2021 kindergarten information session, registration and orientation, have been impacted by the pandemic. The Info Session will be held via webinar and the registration process will be online.
February – Southington Public Schools hosted virtual Kindergarten Registration Information Sessions on February 23rd and February 24th for all parents/guardians who have children entering kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. You can view the slides and a recording of the presentation at the Southington Public Schools site.
If you are unsure which school your child will attend, please refer to the SPS Street Directory.
In previous years there were ECCS/SPS Kindergarten Readiness workshops, which cover math skills, literacy and kindergarten preparedness. They are not being offered this year. Here are the full presentations from 2018.
March 15 – Online registration opened at the Southington Public Schools site. New this year, the birth certificate, residency and other documents needed to complete the registration process will be submitted online.
Spring TBD – An in-person registration and orientation is not currently planned for this spring. Each of the eight elementary schools will reach out to parents with school-specific information.
Late August – A letter is sent home to announce the Kindergarten teacher and classroom. Teachers will hold an open house or tour the week before schools starts. The bus schedule is published in the local newspapers and on the SPS website one week prior to the start of classes.
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, handouts from the January information session, 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 accepting applications for their full day kindergarten program. Young students can be bused 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, 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 Connecticut State Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) coordinates the Open Choice and Magnet School programs. Southington children can attend a Hartford district school through the Open Choice program or apply to the lottery to attend a magnet school with a specialized educational theme. There are over 40 schools in the program across the Hartford region serving Pre-K 3 to grade 12.
The RSCO lottery “On-time” application period runs from November until February and the lottery runs in May. Late applications are accepted into the summer. Learn more at on the RSCO site.
For some children and families home schooling may be a better option. In this case the child should not register for public school.