2015-16 kindergarten registration underway

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Sarah, an Army spouse who declined to have her last name published, poses with their son, Tristan, who is registered for  kindergarten at Solomon Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the School Liaison Office)

Sarah, an Army spouse who declined to have her last name published, poses with their son, Tristan, who is registered for
kindergarten at Solomon Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the School Liaison Office)

School Liaison Office
Child, Youth and School Services
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) is reminding all parents to register their children into the kindergarten program for school year (SY) 2015-16.

The eligibility for admission into kindergarten varies across the United States.
In Hawaii, children who have reached the age of 5 on or before July 31 of the school year may enroll for kindergarten.

Mandatory enrollment
Beginning SY 2015-16, kindergarten is now mandatory in the state of Hawaii, unlike previous years where it was voluntary.

On May 1, 2014, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 2768 (Act 76), which makes kindergarten mandatory for children who will be at least 5 years of age on or before July 31 of the school year, according to HIDOE.

All Army families are encouraged to register into the program by April 30. By registering early, the schools will be able to anticipate the number of kindergarten classrooms and teachers needed for the coming school year.

Children turning 5 years old on Aug. 1 or later will be eligible for kindergarten the following school year (2016-17).

Preschool
If your child is ineligible for kindergarten, there are two potential programs for them: the Armed Services YMCA and the Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services Strong Beginnings Program at the Child Development Program (CDC).

The Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Armed Services YMCA branches offer “Parent Participation Preschool,” which will ensure that the child will be ready and able to transition into kindergarten.

“Our Parent Participation Preschool Program is a three-phase program that allows children to continuously be challenged,” said Mallisa Shea, branch director, ASYMCA Wheeler Branch. “Each phase is progressive, focusing on the academics, social and emotional transitions that the child will encounter when entering kindergarten.

“We also provide the parents with the tools and knowledge to help their child succeed. Each phase requires a different amount of parent participation,” she said.

Strong Beginnings
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s CYS Services’ Strong Beginnings prekindergarten program, designed for 4- to 5-year-old children, prepares the students for kindergarten.

“Since attending Strong Beginnings at Bowen CDC, my child has developed the desire to want to learn more,” said Tabitha Vogan, parent of Parker, age 5, who attends the Bowen CDC Strong Beginnings Program. “He gets excited to write his full name, counting and tells me about all the new things he learned that day. He has also acquired different skills, such as following routines, structure and the ability to freely express his imagination.”

Strong Beginnings is offered at Schofield Barracks, Peterson, Helemano Military Reservation, Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation CDCs.

Health requirements
Army families may take their out-of-state physical examination, shot records and tuberculosis (TB) test to the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks or Tripler Army Medical Center to have them transcribed to Student Health Record Form 14. Other documents required are the birth certificate and proof of residency (housing papers, utility bill, etc.).

Parents can take the registration items directly to their permanent schools to enroll their children for kindergarten.
(Note: CYS is part of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

Online Support
For more information about the kindergarten program, call the School Liaison Office at 655-8326.
To download Student Health Record Form 14, visit www.himwr.com/hawaiischools.

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