Prekindergarten Registration Is As Easy As 1-2-3-4 and Gets Underway Feb. 5

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Prekindergarten registration begins on Feb. 5 for the 2013-2014 school year. To register, your child must be four years old on Sept. 1, 2013.  There are two schools that offer public pre-kindergarten services in South County. Lothian Elementary School and Central Special School. Pre-kindergarten students enrolled in Central Special do not have to be special needs or intellectually disabled.

The preschool programs follow the same calendar as Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The preschool programs are either morning, afternoon or full-day. There is no naptime for preschool students.

Maryland public prekindergarten programs are designed to improve school readiness of economically disadvantaged or homeless children. Those applying for prekindergarten due to economic need must provide income eligibility verification.

When making Preschool placements, school officials will attempt to enroll any student in Category 1 first:

  • Category 1—Economically Disadvantaged. Economically disadvantaged is defined by the Maryland State Department of Education as eligible for free or reduced lunch. Income verification is required. Homeless students have the right to enroll immediately.

If there are spaces left after Category 1 on Aug. 27, the school system will open up placements to Category 2:

  • Category 2—Other School Readiness Needs. This category includes English Language Learners, children with a current IEP or IFSP, and students with health or family emergencies that impact school readiness.

If there are still seats available after Sept. 10, schools may offer enrollment to students that have no documented need (Category 3).

Registration must be done in person at the school the child will be enrolled. Children must be four years old by Sept. 1, 2013. The following documents are required when registering a child for prekindergarten:

  • The child’s original birth certificate or birth record
  • A copy of the child’s immunization record
  • Two proofs of residency (rental or mortgage agreement and current utility bill)
  • Federal Income Tax Return (1040 statement) along with documentation related to other sources of income such as child support and/or rental income
  • Current award letter for Temporary Cash Assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

To learn more, or locate the preschool program for your child, contact the AACPS Planning Office at 410-439-5683 or planningoffice@aacps.org.

Information about enrollment, prekindergarten programs, alternative programs, and Levels of Maturity Waivers can be found at the AACPS website.

Click here for information about recommended immunizations for children entering school.

The preschool programs at Lothian Elementary and Central Special are five-day-a-week programs. In order for students to get the most out of the experience, children should attend school daily. The habits a student picks up in preschool will last for their entire education, so set them up for success.

Pubic prekindergarten also requires that these young students be able to use the bathroom independently. The pre-k teachers and aides in the classroom have to be available to the class as a whole and can not assist with children in the bathroom. In addition, please put your child in clothing he or she can manage independently. For Toilet training information click here.

Registration for Kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year will begin on April 9. Kindergarten is open to every student in the county.

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