Kindergarten Enrollment Packet 2023
West Hartford Public Schools
Parent/Caregiver Evenings for Incoming Kindergarteners
Each elementary school will host an evening parent orientation (for adults) and a daytime visiting day for incoming kindergartners and their caregivers. Please find your dates and contact information here.
Not sure which school is yours? Use the street selector tool on the Residency Office webpage or call the Residency Office at 860-561-6620.
What You Need To Do Now
1. Connect with your Neighborhood School and establish a start date
2. Your most important job is to establish residency
Kindergarten registration is online.
Tutorial with ASL
If you are currently enrolled in a WHPS Pre-K you do not have to register again (attending Pre-K at Aiken, Charter Oak, Smith, Webster Hill or Whiting Lane) if you are staying at the same school for Kindergarten. If you are switching schools you will need to complete Step 3 of registration again.
3. Health Forms
It is a requirement to have a State of CT Health Record Form (including immunizations) on file with the school nurse. Please provide your most recent completed form to your school office by August 15, 2023. If you do not have one, please ask your pediatrician to complete one.
**Please complete the Health Records Signature Page
You may find these additional forms helpful:
4. Permission to Communicate with Your Child's Preschool/Childcare Provider Waiver
5. Before and After School Care (if needed)
Each elementary school has a licensed program that provides before and after care for students in K-5th grade. To learn more about rates and hours please contact programs directly.
Checklist - make sure you complete all the items above!
- Call your school to let them know your kindergarten is coming this fall!
Attend Kindergarten Orientation Evening
- Complete all three steps of online registration
- Send updated physical to the school nurse by August 15th
Complete the Health Signature Page
- Sign the waiver allowing Kindergarten and Preschool teachers to communicate
- Enroll in before/after school care program if needed.
What You Can Do Later
A practice bus ride will be available for incoming kindergarten students on Monday, August 7, 2023. Practice rides will take place at your elementary school at 9:00 a.m. More information
We encourage families to apply early for free & reduced priced lunch. If you qualify for free or reduced price lunch, breakfast is free.
Regular school day hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:35 a.m.- 3:20 p.m.
Wednesday 8:35 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Learn more in the Parent Guide to Special Education in West Hartford Public Schools.
Other Items of Interest
Expectations for Entering Kindergarten
Kindergarten Curriculum in a Nutshell
Check back here for more info on the summer reading game board. The new gameboard will be posted this spring!
Keep track of all the books you read this summer and return your gameboard this fall to the WH Public Library or to your school librarian!
Need a library card? You can get one online and take out digital books!