Chesterfield County is expanding prekindergarten

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Chesterfield County Public Schools is expanding prekindergarten by 144 students and plans to enroll a total of 569 prekindergartners for the 2015-16 school year. Applications for prekindergarten are now being accepted; here are details:

Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots to provide school-readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Prekindergarten is offered in 19 elementary schools: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Crenshaw, Crestwood, Davis, Ecoff, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs, Providence, Reams Road, Salem Church and Elizabeth Scott.

Children who will be 4 by Sept. 30, who show an educational need, who meet income requirements and who live in the school attendance zone should apply for prekindergarten. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. If you are unsure which school zone you live in, call 318-8743 or go online to mychesterfieldschools.com, go to the parents section, then click “find my school.”

Parents may apply immediately for prekindergarten by calling 279-7357 to make an appointment. Parents may also apply during one of the application days scheduled 1-6 p.m. at Perrymont (8610 Perrymont Road): March 31, April 14, April 20, April 22, April 27, May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27.

Only a limited number of prekindergarten spots are available — applying does not guarantee acceptance. Applications received by May 29 will be reviewed equally; prekindergarten is not first-come, first-served.

These items must be presented when applying for prekindergarten:

  • parent’s photo ID
  • child’s certified original birth certificate
  • proof of income by providing one of these document options:
    • W-2 form for each working parent in the home
    • tax form for 2014
    • two of the most recent pay stubs for all jobs worked by any parent living in the home
    • TANF or SNAP verification letter or form
    • letter from an employer indicating period of employment and salary for each working parent
  • proof of residency by providing one of these documents:
    • lease for at least one year or deed of a residence in Chesterfield County
    • contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield County residence within two months of the date of enrollment
    • resident manager’s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence in Chesterfield County
    • weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (requires renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment)

Parents submitting a “lives with” form must bring the person they live with, and that person must provide a lease, a deed or one of the other proofs of residency. Also, the parent of the incoming student must provide two supporting documents with his or her name and correct address.

Questions? Call 279-7357.