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Kindergarten/PEEP Registration March 13
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Kindergarten/PEEP Registration March 13

Visit Schools, Register Students on March 13

Kalamazoo Public Schools is excited to welcome its newest students during kindergarten/PEEP orientation on March 13.

Incoming kindergarteners, students who will be 5 by Sept. 1, can visit Kindergarten Orientation, while pre-kindergarten students who will be 4 by Dec. 1 can sign up for PEEP, the KPS Pre-Kindergarten Early Education Program. PEEP and kindergarten registration will be held simultaneously on March 13 at all district elementary schools.

Applications for PEEP will be available that day. PEEP is part of the state’s Great Start Readiness initiative. The program offers half-day or full day pre-kindergarten classes with highly trained teachers and two support paraprofessionals per classroom in elementary schools across the district. Meals are provided, and transportation is provided for students who live more than a mile from the school in their attendance district or for students who attend magnet schools that are outside of their attendance district.

Participants must meet state eligibility requirements for the program.

“It is important that children start school at 4 years old to lay a strong foundation for future learning,” said Elizabeth Jackson-Spaner, the KPS early childhood coordinator.

Applications for PEEP will be taken at all schools, but the program is run in 12 schools: Arcadia, Edison, Greenwood, Indian Prairie, Lincoln, Northeastern, Parkwood-Upjohn, Prairie Ridge, Spring Valley, Washington, Winchell, and Woodward.

Kindergarteners will be members of the Class of 2032 and their families are invited to take the first steps toward graduation on March 13. Parents also may request kindergarten enrollment waivers for children who will be 5 years old no later than Dec. 1.

Children may tour buildings, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and learn about the programs that Kalamazoo Public Schools offers. Students who graduate from KPS are eligible for the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship, which covers college tuition and fees at most Michigan colleges and universities.

Parents should bring the incoming child’s birth certificate, immunization record, proof of hearing and vision screening (if available), and two proofs of residency (for example, a utility bill, lease agreement, or mortgage agreement).

Children who need immunizations can visit Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Immunization Clinic, 311 E. Alcott St. Children are seen on a walk-in basis. The immunization clinic is open 8 a.m.-3:30 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.), and 10 to 5:30 Thursday (closed from 1 to 2 p.m.). The third Tuesday of the month, the clinic is open from 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call KCHCS at (269) 373-5203.

For more information on kindergarten enrollment, please call Student Services at (269) 337- 0161. For information on PEEP, call (269)337-0095.

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