Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Preschool Enrollment Fairs Begin in March

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Preschool Enrollment Fairs Begin in March

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Parents can start enrolling their children in Kanawha County Schools preschools in March at enrollment fairs across the county. The first enrollment fair is on March 1. Fairs will continue through April 3, each being held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their respective schools.

Child care is provided during each enrollment fair.

Each fair features stations on enrollment application assistance, a nurse's station, a dental appointment center and additional community resource tables.

Preschool is a part of Kanawha County Schools and there is no cost to parents. Students are placed in school-based sites as well as collaborative sites within the county based on their home school attendance area. Kanawha County preschools feature state-approved curriculum, small class sizes (not exceeding 20 students), and transportation to and from school-based sites is available.

In every classroom, there are three ways your child may be enrolled:

" Pre-K the child must be 4 years old prior to Sept. 1, 2017. Children are placed into school-based classrooms or collaborative classrooms according to the needs of the family and time of application.

" Head Start priority is given to children who are income eligible according to Head Start guidelines.

" Special Needs these children are identified by the Kanawha County Schools Board of Education Special Education Department and may be 3, 4 or 5 years old.

"It is so important to start thinking about preschool enrollment early and fairs are both informational and efficient for parents, Kanawha County Schools Director of Preschool Carol Lane said in a KCS media release. "We encourage parents not to wait and get their children registered now.

The following documents are needed for a complete preschool enrollment application:

" state-certified birth certificate

" current immunization record

" current physical exam/well-child check

" current dental exam

" documentation if the child is in the custody of someone other than the parent or is homeless (if applicable)

" income verification if Head Start eligible (if applicable)

" completed application.

The application can be completed in advance by going to kcs.preschoolsteps.org and printing a completed application. …

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