Transition to Kindergarten
Going to Kindergarten is a big step for you and your child. In Delaware, students must be five years old by August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten.
Prepare for Kindergarten
Kindergarten readiness -
www.delawarereadinessteam.com for more information about kindergarten registration and school choice.
Delaware content standards
Delaware Early Learner Survey (DE-ELS): Provides information for Delaware families and kindergarten teachers on the DE-ELS. All kindergarten students participate in this survey. This observational tool asks teachers observe and record children’s knowledge and skills that lead to success in kindergarten and through life.
Register for Kindergarten
Prepare to register for kindergarten in the winter before your child’s kindergarten start date. Kindergarten registration deadlines vary per school, so please check with your local school district for specific timelines.
Follow these steps to register your child for kindergarten:
- Step 1: Locate your school
Use the school feeder search to locate the school that serves your address. Even if you decide to participate in the School Choice process, you need to register with your local elementary school first.
- Step 2: Gather required documentation
You will need several documents before you can enroll your child in kindergarten. Check out the following for a list of general kindergarten registration requirements:
- Step 3: Find your school's kindergarten registration requirements
Every district and charter school has specific requirements for kindergarten registration. Find these requirements here.