Families interested in discovering everything there is to know about the Kindergarten program through Toledo Public Schools will have a chance to do so on Thursday, May 7.

That's when every elementary school in the district will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. so families can Discover TPS Kindergarten.

Families are encouraged to visit their neighborhood school during the Open House to meet teachers and the principal, take a tour of the whole school and to sign-up on the spot for this fall.

Here are a number of questions and answers for families considering TPS Kindergarten:

Who is eligible for Kindergarten?

  • Any child who turns 5 on or before September 30, 2015
  • Children who have a birthday after the September 30th cutoff are encouraged to enroll in a TPS preschool or Head Start program. For more information on these options, please call 419-671-9100

How do I register my child for Kindergarten?

  • Obtain a TPS enrollment packet from the neighborhood school or download and print out the forms that can be found at the Preschool/Kindergarten Registration section under the Schools tab on www.tps.org
  • Complete all paperwork in the packet and return to the Student Registration Office, Thurgood Marshall Building, 420 E. Manhattan Blvd., Room 211, Toledo, OH 43608.

What documents are needed to register a child for Kindergarten?

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Social Security number
  3. Parent identification
  4. Custody papers (if applicable)
  5. Immunization or shot records
  6. Three (3) proofs of residence, including:
  7. Lease agreement or mortgage deed (mandatory)
  8. Two from the following list:
    1. Source of Income
    2. Utility bill
    3. Telephone bill
    4. US Post Office change of address form
    5. Driver’s license

 What should my child be able to do before going to Kindergarten?**

  • Perform self-care, self-help and motor skills (for example, dressing oneself, holding a pencil, and cutting with scissors)
  • Play well with others, relate positively to adults and use language to express needs and wants
  • Be curious and eager to learn
  • Demonstrate self-regulation skills (for example, controlling impulses, paying attention, following directions, handling frustrations and negotiating solutions to problems)
  • Identify letters, shapes, colors
  • Count objects to 10
  • Write all or part of his/her first name

**These skills are NOT REQUIRED in order for your child to attend Kindergarten.

What can I do to help prepare my child for Kindergarten?

  • Talk often with him/her and respond to questions
  • Encourage active play, especially pretend play, with other children
  • Read to him/her every day. Talk about the words in books, ask him/her to predict what will happen in the stories and encourage him/her to make up stories
  • Provide pencils, markers, crayons and blank paper for drawing and writing
  • Make things together out of empty food containers, markers, tape and glue
  • Play guessing games with him/her
  • Go places together, encourage him/her to notice surroundings and talk about all the interesting things there are to see and do
  • Use everyday activities to point out words and numbers
  • Encourage independence in managing daily tasks and helping with household chores like setting the table
  • Limit screen time (television and video games) to allow time for more active learning experiences

 Posted on May 1, 2015