Kindergarten Registration

Children ready for kindergarten

Is your child turning 5 by September 30?

The countdown to kindergarten is on.


Don’t Delay, Enroll Today!

Kickoff for Kindergarten Registration begins April 19! Find registration information specific to your South Hampton Roads city.

Find registration information for additional Eastern Virginia cities in the Register section below.

Quality preschool opportunities through the Mixed Delivery Grant

Get a Head Start! Prepare your 3 or 4-year-old for Kindergarten

NEW online Head Start application!

Find applications for Virginia’s Public Preschool Programs in the following cities:
ChesapeakeNorfolkPortsmouth / Suffolk Virginia Beach

1. ReadyHow to prepare your child for kindergarten

Help your child get ready for school.

Children start learning as soon as they’re born, and YOU are your child’s first and most important teacher – a role you will play all of their life. Here are some teachable moments you can use to prepare your child for school every day.

  • Read and look at books every day
  • Stick to a regular bedtime and wake-up time
  • Practice counting real objects like cereal or crayons
  • Talk about their feelings and what kindergarten will be like
  • Meet and play with other children their age
  • Show respect and use good manners
  • Find and name letters of the alphabet everywhere you go
  • Visit and explore libraries, parks, and museums
  • Use scissors to practice cutting and crayons to draw
  • Teach them to put their things away make a special place for toys/books
  • If you suspect your child is delayed in his/her development, contact your school division’s Office of Special Education to inquire about an assessment or contact Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia at 1.800.234.1448 to speak to a specialist in your city.

Remember: On time, all day, every day!
Missed days can cause your child to fall behind. Attending school on a regular basis makes your child feel better about school and themselves.

2. SetWhat you’ll need for registration, including where you can get immunizations, physicals or a new birth certificate

Gather the following required documents

A certified copy of your child’s birth certificate.

  • Virginia birth certificates are available through the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Virginia Department of Health
  • Contact the Vital Recordsl to request certified birth certificates from other states.

Physical exam results dated within one year of the first day of school.

Immunization records signed and dated by a physician. 

Find immunization and physical exam information for your city:

Chesapeake

Immunization information:
Chesapeake Health Department
748 Battlefield Blvd N.
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757)382-8600 – Call for an appointment

Walk-in Immunization Clinic Hours
Tuesday 1:00-3:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30-10:30 am

Physicals and immunization information:
Hampton Roads Community Health Center
(757)393-6363

Norfolk

Immunization Information for Norfolk Public Health Department:

  • South Hampton Clinic 830 Southhampton Ave. #200, Norfolk, VA 23505 (757) 683-2735
  • Little Creek Clinic 207 East Little Creek Road Norfolk, VA 23505 (757) 683-2735 (by appointment)

For more information or questions, please call 757-683-2735. See Clinic Hours tab for information on hours and services offered at each location.

Physicals and immunizations:
Hampton Roads Community Health Center
By appointment only: (757) 393-6363

Park Place Family Medical Center: 3415 Granby St. Norfolk, VA
East Ocean View Medical Center: 9581 Shore Dr., Norfolk, VA
Communicare Family Health Center: 804 Whitaker Ln., Norfolk, VA

Portsmouth

Immunization information:
Portsmouth Health Department
1701 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Main Office: (757) 393-8585

Hours (Walk in)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8:00-11:00 AM and 12:30-3:00 PM

Physicals and immunization information:
Portsmouth Community Health Center
664 Lincoln St.
Portsmouth, VA 23704
By appointment only- (757) 393-6363

Suffolk

Immunization information:
Suffolk Health Department
135 Hall Avenue
Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 514-4700

Physicals and immunization information:
Hampton Roads Community Health Center
(757)393-6363

Virginia Beach

Immunization information:

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health
4452 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Monday through Thursday: 8:00-10:00 am

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 1:00-3:00 pm (walk in only, limited number per clinic)

Additional clinic times by appointment: (757) 518-2700

Physicals and immunization information:

Hampton Roads Community Health Center
(757)393-6363

A proof of address.

  • This may include a current utility bill, lease and/or home contract.
  • Additional documentation needed for families residing with family or friends. Contact the school for more information.

Custody or court order documentation (if applicable).

Proof of identification for yourself (parent or guardian).

Your school division’s completed registration packet.

  • Contact the school your child will attend to request a registration packet.

What if I don’t have all the forms I need? It’s okay, you should still begin the process. Call the school with questions about missing forms.

What if my child is in Head Start or Public Preschool? Contact your child’s new school for registration instructions

Download a PDF of this checklist: 

Checklist for kindergarten registration

Kindergarten Registration checklist - English

Kindergarten Registration checklist - Spanish

3. RegisterImportant registration information by city

Register at the school your child will be attending.

Find registration information by city below.. Check out the latest news with updates from each city at WAVY.com

Chesapeake

Contact Chesapeake RU Ready or call (757) 382-2226 for event information. 

Portsmouth

Kindergarten registration
Emily Spong Preschool Center
2200 Piedmont Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23704

For more info call: (757)-393-5128 or (757) 393-8611

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Thank you, WHRO, for supporting kindergarten registration in Hampton Roads.

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