Kindergarten Registration

The Countdown to Kindergarten is on

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The kickoff for kindergarten registration begins April 17. This page contains registration information for Hampton Roads, Western Tidewater and the Eastern Shore.

Find the resources you need for your child's school district.

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.

Check out The Basics Hampton Roads to learn about healthy brain development.

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.

Physical exam results dated within one year of the first day of school. Don't have health insurance? Learn more or apply today.

Immunization records signed and dated by a physician. View a birth to age 6 immunization schedule from the CDC. Check out the Virginia Rising Kindergartener Packet for 2024 immunization information.

Find immunization by city below.

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 the checklist (Spanish and English versions linked below): 

Immunization information

Locate a Virginia Vaccine for Children Provider

Virginia Department of Education Immunization Locator

Input your zip code information to find a provider closest to you

3. RegisterImportant registration information by city

Register at the school your child will be attending.

Latest news with updates from each city at

Explore registration information specific to your city or county below: 



Welcome to Kindergarten: Full-day Kindergarten

Contact Office of Family and Community Engagement for further information 757.482.5923.



Contact information

Emily Spong Preschool Center
2200 Piedmont Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23704

Phone: 757.393.5128 or 757.393.8611

Virginia Beach

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 Explore military family resources by school district using the accordions below.

Military ResourcesEastern Shore

Military ResourcesHampton Roads

Military ResourcesWestern Tidewater

Local school districts

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Thank you, WHRO, for supporting kindergarten registration in the Southeastern Region.


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