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, 2017
  • 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 here: http://bit.ly/2oQ0lWm
  • Complete all paperwork in the packet and return to the Student Registration Office, TPS Educational Campus, 1609 N. Summit St., Toledo, OH 43604

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:
  • Lease agreement or mortgage deed (mandatory)
  • Two from the following list:
    • Source of Income
    • Utility bill
    • Telephone bill
    • US Post Office change of address form
    • 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 April 28, 2017