Kindergarten Registration

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 on or before January 1 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.

Southington Public Schools

UPDATE as of 11/17/2022 – The Southington Public School (SPS) system’s plans for the 2023 kindergarten information session have been announced.

January 2023– Southington Public Schools will host an in-person Kindergarten Registration Information Session on January 30th at 5:30 pm at DePaolo Middle School for all parents/guardians who have children entering kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year. There is no pre-registration required. You will provide information about your child when you arrive and the presentation will start after everyone checks in. This presentation is for adults.

This will not be recorded but they will post the slides. You can view the slides and a recording of last year’s presentation at the Southington Public Schools site.

March 2023 – Online registration will open at the Southington Public Schools site. The birth certificate, parent ID, residency and other documents needed to complete the registration process will be needed. In-person registration, which you attend with your child, will be scheduled by each school, call to make an appointment. This will complete the registration process.

May 2023 – Orientation for your child, which usually includes a bus safety talk and a parent meeting. 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. Medical forms from a physical in the past year must be submitted by this time.

First day of school – Kindergarten students do have bus transportation. Don’t forget to take the first day of school photo in front of the school sign or at your home.

If you are unsure which school your child will attend, please refer to the SPS Street Directory.

Want to know what skills your child should have before they start kindergarten? Check out the “Kindergarten Ready?” page.

More information about the SPS registration process, handouts from the previous information session, forms and dates is on the Southington Public Schools site.

Parochial Schools

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.

Extended Preschool Options

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.

Choice and Magnet Schools

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 “on-time” application period runs from November until January/February with placements announced in the spring. “Late” applications are accepted into the summer.  Learn more on the RSCO site.


For some children and families, homeschooling may be a better option. In this case, the child should not register for public school.