If your child will be 5 years old by Dec. 2 and you want him or her to attend kindergarten next school year, it's time to register.
Stanislaus County schools are holding kindergarten registration over the next few weeks. Though kindergarten is not mandatory, most parents enroll their children in the program; schools offer morning and afternoon sessions, as well as all-day classes.
To register, parents should drop by their neighborhood school and bring:
Their child's proof of age — such as a birth certificate, or recorder's or baptismal certificate.
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The family's proof of residence — a utility bill, or property tax or rent receipt, for instance.
Proof of physical exam and immunization records. Children must be immunized for hepatitis B, polio, varicella (chicken pox), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and DtaP/DTP/DT/Td (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis or tetanus and diphtheria).
Most districts are holding registration the first two weeks of March. If parents miss the date, they can register after the fact — but the sooner the better because sign-ups are first-come, first-served. Early registration also helps officials plan enrollment and staffing needs for next school year.
Area registration dates include:
March 4 for all Modesto City Schools elementary campuses.
Turlock started taking names Jan. 20.
March 1 for Sylvan Union School District schools. Parents can register from 6 to 8 p.m. at the northeast Modesto schools.
Stanislaus Union School District schools are registering incoming kindergartners March 1-5; check the northwest Modesto district's Web site at www.stanunion.k12.ca.us for details.