Registration Fair April 9-12 for Kindergarten, Prekindergarten
April 9-12 Registration Fair at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for 2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration and Prekindergarten Application; Registration Forms Now Available Online
Posted on 03/29/2018

The annual Kindergarten and Prekindergarten Registration Fair for Wicomico County Public Schools will take place April 9-12 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury. Registration and enrollment forms are now available online at www.wcboe.org; please click on the Enrollment Quick Link. Families may print and fill out the forms in advance to bring along with the required supporting documents to the Registration Fair at the Civic Center.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to register children for the 2018-2019 school year as early as possible, so that families and schools can begin to plan and prepare.

The Registration Fair schedule is as follows, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day:

 

Monday, April 9: Charles H. Chipman Elementary, Prince Street Elementary, West Salisbury Elementary

 

Tuesday, April 10: Beaver Run Elementary, Pemberton Elementary

 

Wednesday, April 11: Delmar Elementary, Westside Primary, Willards Elementary

 

Thursday, April 12: Fruitland Primary, Northwestern Elementary, Pinehurst Elementary

 

The Registration Fair will also serve families who need to register a student not in public kindergarten now who will be enrolling in the 1st grade for the 2018-2019 school year. (Students currently enrolled in Prekindergarten-3, Prekindergarten-4, or Kindergarten in Wicomico County Public Schools do not need to register at the fair, as they are already students of Wicomico County Public Schools.)

For enrollment questions, please contact Diane Baione at dbaione@wcboe.org or 410-677-4496.

To register or apply, parents/guardians will need to bring in the following documents:

  • a child’s birth certificate or registration of birth
  • driver’s license or picture ID of parent or legal guardian
  • child’s immunization record and current physical
  • child’s Social Security card
  • two forms of proof-of-residency documentation, in the name of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
    • For homeowners: Mortgage/property tax bill and one of the following: Current utility (gas, water or electric) bill with service address.
    • For those living at a rental property: Current signed lease plus one of the following: Current utility (gas, water or electric) bill with service address.
    • For those living with someone else whose name is on the home and utility bills: Bring that person and the two forms of proof of residency listed above, and driver’s license or picture ID for both of you.
  • child’s IEP/IFSP (if applicable)
  • court custody papers
  • income verification (for Prekindergarten only, including both Prek 3 Year Old and Prek 4 Year Old): 2017 Maryland tax return (if available) OR W2 AND either four most current consecutive pay stubs, or State of Maryland Benefit Eligibility Letter (if applicable)

The Registration Fair is the first chance for families to register children for Kindergarten and apply for Prekindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Following the Registration Fair, registration for Kindergarten and application for Prekindergarten will take place at schools starting April 23. Please contact the school for additional information.

To help ensure that all children have the required immunizations for school attendance, the Wicomico County Health Department will offer immunization by appointment at the Health Department’s Fritz Building, 300 West Carroll St.  Parents must bring a current copy of their child’s vaccine record with them. Please call 410-543-6943 for appointments and more information.

 

Kindergarten

Children registering for Kindergarten must turn 5 by Sept. 1, 2018. Kindergarten is mandatory for all Maryland children who are 5 by this date unless the parents or guardians have completed a Kindergarten-Level of Maturity Waiver Form seeking later admission. For information please contact Sandra Drummond, Early Childhood supervisor, at 410-677-4523 or drummond@wcboe.org .

 

Prekindergarten

Prekindergarten-4 is not mandatory and is offered to qualified children who will be 4 by Sept. 1, 2018. Prekindergarten is a half-day program throughout Wicomico County except for the full-day programs in the Judy Center and Prekindergarten Expansion catchment areas of Beaver Run, Pemberton, Prince Street, Charles H. Chipman Elementary and West Salisbury Elementary. 

At Beaver Run and Pemberton, qualified children who are 3 year olds attend Prekindergarten-3 the full school day.  Students in the 3-year old program must turn 3 on or before September 1, 2018.  Applicants for the 3-year-old program must register on April 10 at the Registration Fair, or may apply at Beaver Run or Pemberton schools on or after April 23.

Priority Prekindergarten admission will be given to Wicomico County children and Delmar, Del. children meeting any of these criteria:

  • come from low-income, at-risk, or homeless situations
  • have prior participation in Head Start 
  • experience challenges like emergency or health problems, limited English proficiency, or other home or family circumstances
  • recommended for the program by government or court referral

Parents or guardians whose child may qualify for priority admission should plan to apply for Prekindergarten enrollment at the Registration Fair, on the assigned day.

Parents and guardians of children who do not meet the criteria for priority admission can put the child’s name on a Prekindergarten waiting list at the Registration Fair, and this waiting list will be used to fill any remaining slots.

In either case, if application is made prior to the designated Registration Fair day for the child’s school, the application or request to be placed on the waiting list will be time-stamped for the end of the scheduled registration day for their school.

Families whose child is on a waiting list will be notified in late summer if space is available. Documentation must be submitted prior to a child’s acceptance into the program.