Registration for 4-year-old Kindergarten is today

Registration for Madison’s new 4-year-old kindergarten program begins today (Feb. 7). You can find more information in the Channel3000 article copied below. We’ve also included information on Kindergarten registration (March 7).

Scroll to the end of the post to read Tiffany’s (frustrating!) experience looking for a 4K for Lily. Carousel will be writing a post later regarding the school tours she’s taken recently. And we’d love for you to leave a comment about your experiences/advice regarding registering and/or finding the right school for your child!

Registration Upcoming For 4-Year-Old Kindergarten

For the first time, the Madison School District will have 4-year-old kindergarten beginning on September 1 of this year. 4K will be offered to all children living in the district who will be four years old on or before September 1, 2011.

Registration for 4K students will take place on Monday February 7 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at all MMSD elementary schools. [emphasis added]

Parents or guardians should register their child at their neighborhood school.

When parents or guardians register their child for 4K, they will be required to show proof of age (birth certificate, baptismal record or medical assistance card,) proof of residency (utility bill, lease or mortgage) and an immunization record. Children are welcome to accompany parents, but they are not required to attend.
Parents who are unable to register on February 7 (4K) should register at their neighborhood school as soon as possible after those dates.

Registration for 5-year-old Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration for incoming students in the Madison Metropolitan School District is Monday, March 7, 2011 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at all MMSD elementary schools.

Parents or guardians should register their child at their neighborhood school. To be eligible, children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2011.

When parents or guardians register their child, they will be required to show proof of age, proof of residency and an immunization record.
Proof of age — the child’s birth certificate or passport, or other proofs such as copies of medical records, formal religious records maintained by an entity other than the parent/guardian, etc. are acceptable.
Proof of residency — a utility bill, lease or mortgage are acceptable.

Children are welcome to accompany parents, but they are not required to attend.

Parents are encouraged to register their children at their current neighborhood school between 1:00 & 6:00 p.m. on March 7.

Parents who are unable to register on March 7th should contact their neighborhood school as soon as possible for alternate dates and times.

To locate a child’s neighborhood school, call the Public Information Office at 663-1879 or go to Find Your School.

Follow this link for is information about registration at individual schools. All schools will be registering children from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Tiffany says …

As a parent of a 4 year old, I’ve been excited about the prospect of 4k, however I am extremely frustrated at the lack of communication, organization and coordination between the district and the ECE centers that it has approved.

We are in the Leopold area and we would have liked to start Lily where she would be the following year for kindergarten, however Leopold isn’t a 4K site, which is understandable, and no problem! I read an article that stated we’d have 50 something sites to choose from. Fabulous!

We called the Department of Early and Extended learning to find out which school site she would be placed at for 4K, and were told they don’t know yet where Leopold kids would go, and we were given no idea when they might be able to tell us.

Okay, we are flexible, so we started looking at ECE centers on the Madison 4K list we found online. We were frustrated to see so few options anywhere near us, when options are plentiful in other madison neighborhoods. Of the few options near us, several we called for tours immediately said they have since chosen not to participate in 4K this year (then why are they on the list!?), or that they are giving all available 4K slots to current students (part of the initial acceptance process was supposed to evaluate whether the program HAD ROOM for new students through the 4K program).

At this point we’ve missed our chance to have priority placement for the 4 year old class at Lily’s current preschool. We have toured several preschools only to be told that if we want to go there we need to apply with them, then list them on our MMSD registration form February 7th as one of our choices, but we wont know whether the school we chose will accept us until March or later. In addition, most of the ECE centers are requiring more hours than MMSD is reimbursing them for, meaning there is no way to participate in a Model 3 MMSD 4K program without paying out of pocket, though it will be discounted for what the district is paying.

We are frustrated, and I feel misled about it from what I learned at the informational meeting in December, which made it sound like ECE centers that applied were agreeing to offer a 4K program following the schedule and cost that MMSD was arranging.

We are trudging along. Touring centers we can’t afford and don’t know if we would even get into and thanking our lucky stars we’ve got a fabulous nanny to rely on if Lily winds up home with us full time next year.

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