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Updated Resources on the Transition to Kindergarten

12.04.2013 | Children born in 2009 are eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2014, and there are steps that families should take starting now to prepare for this important milestone. We hope these resources will help families navigate the transition to kindergarten! 

Kindergarten Admissions Process 

All families with children born in 2009 are encouraged to participate in the DOE’s kindergarten admissions process. For the first time, this year, families can apply to up to 20 schools using one application form. They can complete this application form online, over the phone, or in person at a borough enrollment office between January 13th and February 14th. Families should no longer go to individual schools to apply to kindergarten. For more information, please review and share AFC’s Kindergarten Admissions Guide.

Transition to Kindergarten for Students with Disabilities

In addition to applying to kindergarten, families with children with IEPs born in 2009 will be participating in a second process—development of kindergarten IEPs. For comprehensive information about the transition to kindergarten for students with disabilities, please review and share AFC’s Turning 5 Guide, available in both English and Spanish. Please make sure you are using the December 2013 version of these guides. If you viewed last year’s guides, you may need to clear your browser history to download the current versions.

From now through December 19th, the DOE is holding Kindergarten Orientation Meetings for families of students with disabilities born in 2009. We encourage families to attend! The schedule is available on the DOE's website

We also encourage you to review and share the DOE’s kindergarten materials: Kindergarten Admissions for All Students and Transition to Kindergarten for Students with Disabilities. Both websites have very helpful information for families of children born in 2009.

If you have questions about the transition to kindergarten, call our Education Helpline between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Thursday: (866) 427-6033.