Friday, 16 March 2018 05:03

Richmond County Board of Education Extends Pre-K Registration

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RICHMOND COUNTY - Spring is right around the corner and everything is starting to bloom and start anew; this includes the 2018-2019 school year. The time is now to start preparing the little ones for school with pre-kindergarten application and kindergarten registration currently taking place across the country.

Three Pre-K application dates have already taken place in various sites (i.e., Dobbins Heights, Ellerbe and Rockingham). 

An additional application date has been set for April 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Richmond County Agricultural Services Center, 123 Caroline Street in Rockingham. 

Dr. Wendy Kelly Jordan, director of student services, wants to remind parents that Pre-K differs from kindergarten in that there is an application process, not a registration; completing an application does not guarantee that the child will be enrolled in the Pre-K program. Children will be screened at the time of application. 

“The Pre-K program is needs-based. In the assessment, we typically look at developmental milestones that are needed for a child to have entering kindergarten, such as letter knowledge, copy-shade ability, and certain motor skills, just to name a few,” says Jordan. 

Income is also a consideration in the need-based criteria. 

Full of optimism, Jordan expresses hopes for the future of Pre-K programs nationally. 

“Early child development, all around the country, is becoming more of a focus and more research is backing the importance of Pre-K programs.” 

She continued, “As the need is becoming more evident, I believe more resources will be made available to create transformational learning in our young people before they really start formal school.” 

Parents need to bring the following with them to the application site:

-         The child who will be assessed on site; 

-         Birth certificate; 

-         Immunization records; 

-         Proof of income; and 

-         Health assessment 

While parents have 30 days from the first day of school to have the health assessment completed, they are encouraged to have it done prior to the first day of school. 

Parents should also set aside about 30 minutes to an hour for the full application process. 

Richmond County Schools currently serves 158 students in 11 classrooms throughout the county. So far, 135 students have applied for Pre-K. 

As stated on the Richmond County Public Schools’ website, to be eligible for the Richmond County Schools Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Program, the child must be four years of age on or before August 31, 2018. 

All children who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2018 are eligible for kindergarten enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Regular registration for Kindergarten begins on April 11th at LJ Bell in Rockingham. 

Please check the Richmond County Schools’ website for more updates, or contact Julie Brigman, Richmond County Pre-K Specialist, at 910-582-7900 or Dr. Wendy Kelly Jordan at 910-582-5860.

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