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Getting Ready for Kindergarten


Children must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver . HCPSS kindergarten is a full day program.

Road to Kindergarten Presentation

Parents of incoming kindergarteners may view the 2020 Road to Kindergarten slides or watch a video of the 2018 Road to Kindergarten presentation.

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Kindergarten teachers are prepared for children to enter school with varying abilities, strengths and needs. Each child is taught at his/her appropriate level through differentiated instruction. Learn more about what your child will learn in kindergarten.

The Year before Kindergarten

Prior to kindergarten there are many things parents can do to support their child’s transition to school. From making sure appropriate documentation is gathered, to playing and reading with and listening to their child, the year before Kindergarten is a great opportunity to develop school readiness!

Kindergarten class being instructed by teacher.

All Year

  • Play, read, listen, and talk with your child. Ask questions, explore together.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to play with other children and interact with other children in group settings.
  • Follow HCPSS Early Childhood Programs on Twitter @HCPSS_ECP and/or Facebook.

Fall (Sept/Oct/Nov)

Winter (Dec/Jan/Feb)

Spring (March/April/May)

    • Register your child for kindergarten at your designated school.
      • Registration kickoff is held the second week of March. No appointment necessary.
      • Following kickoff week, registration is by appointment only.
    • Work with your child to develop school readiness skills.

  • Attend annual Howard County Children’s Discovery Fair.
  • Check with your school about events for parents and children entering Kindergarten.
  • Visit the HCPSS app and HCPSS News page to find ways to get connected to your school community.

Summer (June/July/August)

Contact Us:

For questions about kindergarten registration, please contact your child’s school. For any additional questions, contact the Office of Early Childhood Programs, 410-313-5693.