Houston kindergarten early registration starts Monday

jmink@macon.comMay 1, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- The peak time for kindergarten registration is in the summer, but in an attempt to avoid that rush, the Houston County school district is asking parents to register their children now.

The district is hosting early kindergarten registration now through May 17 at its new central registration office in the Bert Rumble Complex next to Warner Robins High School.

“They know they are going to be in kindergarten next year, so let’s go ahead and get them registered and avoid the rush,” said Linda Horne, assistant superintendent of school operations.

Officials expect to register about 1,000 students over the next few weeks, which they hope will decrease the expected crowd over the summer, Horne said.

The process is different this year, as parents register their children at one location instead of individual schools. The district opened its central registration office in January to streamline the process for both parents and school employees.

If parents miss the early registration, they still can register their children throughout the spring and summer.

Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Students enrolled in the prekindergarten program automatically will be registered.

Parents should bring their photo identification; children’s birth certificates; custody papers if applicable; a lease or mortgage statement; a second proof of residency, such as a utility bill or auto insurance; their Social Security cards; proof of eligibility for assistance, such as Medicare or food stamps; and their children’s ear, eye and dental screenings, and immunization certificates.

Parents can register their children from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 303 S. Davis Drive in Warner Robins. For more information, visit www.hcbe.net/central-registration.aspx.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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