Kindergarten Enrollment Packet 2023

West Hartford Public Schools

Welcome!

Welcome to West Hartford Public Schools Kindergarten - this is an exciting time for you and your child! Here you will find all the forms you will need and instructions on how to successfully enroll your child for the 2023-2024 school year. There are some items you will need to do now; and some that you can take care of later. This page can be translated into many languages; you can find your home language in the black box to the right of this message.

Welcome to Kindergarten - Town Wide Informational Meeting for Parents & Caregivers

Monday, Jan. 30th, 6:30pm

50 South Main Street

West Hartford, CT

Join us in the Town Hall Auditorium

Please R.S.V.P.

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

Please call your neighborhood school . Once on their list, the school will communicate important information to you regarding kindergarten orientation and visiting days.

2. Your most important job is to establish residency

Kindergarten registration is online.


Instructions for online registration are available here. Need more help? Watch a tutorial video.

Tutorial with ASL


This is a list of documents you will need to register in English and Espanol.


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

All Kindergarten students must have a State of CT Health Record form on file with the school nurse before the first day of school.


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:

Immunization Requirements

Medication Authorization Form

4. Permission to Communicate with Your Child's Preschool/Childcare Provider Waiver

Each year we ask parents to provide us permission to communicate with your child's early childhood educators. The important information they share supports our efforts in making the best decisions possible for your child as they start their journey with West Hartford Public Schools. Please complete and sign this form or request it from your current school/childcare program.

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.



List of Before and After School Care Programs

Checklist - make sure you complete all the items above!

  1. Call your school to let them know your kindergarten is coming this fall!
    Attend Kindergarten Orientation Evening
  2. Complete all three steps of online registration
  3. Send updated physical to the school nurse by August 15th
    Complete the Health Signature Page
  4. Sign the waiver allowing Kindergarten and Preschool teachers to communicate
  5. Enroll in before/after school care program if needed.


Printable Checklist

Printable Checklist in Spanish

What You Can Do Later

Bus Transportation

If you live more than one mile from the school your child will attend in the fall you will be eligible for bus transportation. Questions about transportation?

Email Damaris_Torres@whps.org


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

School Meals

Both breakfast and lunch can be purchased at school. The Nutrition Services Department web page provides all the information you will need to know including prices, payment options and healthy eating tips. It also provides an online payment system called Paypams.


We encourage families to apply early for free & reduced priced lunch. If you qualify for free or reduced price lunch, breakfast is free.

School Calendar

2023-2024 School Calendar


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.

Special Education

Does your child have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)? Do you have any concerns about your child's development?


Learn more in the Parent Guide to Special Education in West Hartford Public Schools.

Other Items of Interest

Expectations for Entering Kindergarten

We are ready for children to arrive in Kindergarten with a variety of skills and levels of development. Learn more about Expectations for Entering Kindergarten.


The State Office of Early Childhood provides a guide to Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten. (Espanol)

Kindergarten Curriculum in a Nutshell

Learn more about what your child will learn during their kindergarten year. Curriculum in a Nutshell provides information across all learning domains and will provide a preview of the year ahead!

English for Families and ESOL Classes

Free English classes for parents, grandparents and caregivers. Free childcare available during class. Click on the following for Information in English, Vietnamese, Spanish and Portuguese

Summer Reading

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!

Learn more about the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools

Questions?

Have a question about kindergarten? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.


If you still need help please contact your school office.


Have a question about transportation?

Email Damaris_Torres@whps.org

Have a question about registration or residency?

Email residency@whps.org