COLTON: District offers transitional kindergarten registration

07.27.2012 | The Press-Enterprise

ue to recent changes in state funding, the Colton Joint Unified School District is once again able to offer transitional kindergarten classes during the 2012-13 school year for students who will turn 5 from Nov. 2 to Dec. 2 of this year.

The new kindergarten program will help younger kindergarten students — ones who turn 5 from Nov. 2 to Dec. 2 — make a stronger transition into school and increase their chances of success. Students in that age group will attend a transitional kindergarten class for their first school year. The classes are designed to build a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and provide these younger students with extra opportunities to learn and grow in a classroom setting tailored to meet their social and academic needs. This “gift of time” helps young learners gain the maturity and skills they need to excel in a school setting. All students who turn 5 on or before Nov. 1 will attend a regular kindergarten class.

The state is in the process of phasing in a three-month change in its kindergarten starting age, which will change by one month per year over three years until 2014, when students will need to be born on or before Sept. 1 to start kindergarten.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration packets are available from the district’s Enrollment Center or any elementary school. Packets must be thoroughly completed in black ink or they will not be accepted. Packets will also be returned if they are missing immunization information, birth verification, current proof of address or any other required information.

Those registering for kindergarten will need to bring the following items:

Parent/Guardian Picture identification: Only parents/legal guardians can enroll students in school

Custody/Placement Orders, if applicable

Proof of age: Birth certificate, passport, or hospital birth record

Proof of address: Current gas, electric, water, trash, mortgage statement; lease agreement; pay stub; two current pieces of mail with address printed on it — all items need to be in parent or guardian’s name and have recent date to be acceptable.

Oral Health Assessment — Education Code now requires your child to have a dental checkup by May 31st in either transitional kindergarten or kindergarten, whichever is your student’s first year in public school

Immunization Record containing: 5 DTaP (4 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after 4th birthday); 4 Polio (3 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after 4th birthday); 3 Hep B; 2 MMR (both on or after 1st birthday); 1 Varicella

“Special Needs” documents (IEP. Medical, etc.)

Students who have more than one immunization record will need to bring all records. Classes start on July 31.

For more information about transitional kindergarten or kindergarten enrollment, call the Enrollment Center at (909) 580-6666 or visit

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