Districts schedule early sign-ups for Head Start, kindergarten, Pre-K
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

March 28, 2006 -- With the 2005-2006 school rapidly coming to an end, several local school districts are looking toward next year by designating days for parents to enroll their children in Head Start, prekindergarten and kindergarten classes.

Three schools -- Early Childhood Learning Center, Como-Pickton Elementary and Yantis Elementary -- will be holding roundups for parents to fill out the paperwork to begin the registration process and determine whether their children are eligible for those classes.

Early Childhood Learning Center in Sulphur Springs will hold its annual Head Start, prekindergarten and kindergarten roundup from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7, in the Parent Center at the school, which his located at 390 Hillcrest Drive.

To register in Head Start, a child must first be a Sulphur Springs Independent School District resident and either 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1. Prekindergarten students must also be 4 before Sept. 1, while kindergartners must be 5 years old before Sept. 1.

Parents or guardians registering children for any of the three programs must bring the child's original birth certificate, Social Security Card, immunization records and proof of residence, such as a utility bill.

Those applying for Head Start or prekindergarten programs must also provide original documentation of any disability information and Medicaid card where applicable, as well as proof of parent or guardian income.

For more information about kindergarten, pre-k or Head Start program and registration in Sulphur Springs ISD, contact the ECLC office at 903-439-6170.

Como-Pickton Elementary will hold its annual roundup for prekindergarten and kindergarten students this week. Parents may enroll children in either kindergarten or prekindergarten for the 2006-2007 school year in the elementary library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 30, or Friday, March 31. Children must be either 4 or 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to qualify. Parents should bring a birth certificate, Social Security card and immunization record for each child being signed up. For more information, call C-P Elementary at 903-488-3671.

Yantis Elementary's prekindergarten and kindergarten roundup will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the elementary school lobby. Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for prekindergarten. Parents or guardians should bring their driver's license and the child's original birth certificate, immunization records, Social Security card, and proof of residence such as a utility bill for the family's physical address, to register for classes.

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