Your kindergartener has a lot in store—physically, socially, academically, and developmentally. These resources can help you navigate this exciting time.

Know your Kindergarten options. Guilford County has lots of choices: public neighborhood schools, public magnet schools, new charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling. You know your child best. Talking with other parents about schools is a good start toward finding a good fit. Many schools offer tours of kindergarten classrooms—contact the school office for details.

Kindergarten School Search

We are so excited to share the new Kindergarten School Search link located on the DCDEE website.

In accordance with Session Law 2021-117, DCDEE has created the Kindergarten School Search tool which allows for families to access the following information:− The educational opportunities for kindergarten offered by Public Schools− The educational opportunities for kindergarten offered by Charter Schools− The educational opportunities for kindergarten offered by Private Schools− Scholarship information for Private Schools

The information is searchable by school name/school type, as well as by county, city, and/or zip code and results may be printed or saved as needed. Upon request, a facility participating in the NC Pre-K program must provide families with a list of the educational opportunities located in the same county as the NC Pre-K facility, or, if specified, any other county.

If you have any questions, please email DCDEE here.

Kindergarten Registration

Enroll your child TODAY for the upcoming school year!
  1. Read the Welcome to Kindergarten letter to understand how to enroll. Letters are available in English and Spanish.
  2. To enroll your child, visit the school he/she will attend in the upcoming school year to pick up a registration packet. Use this tool to enter your address and see which school your child will attend.
  3. Need more information? Get details here.

Note: Enrollment periods are different at each private and charter school; contact the school directly.

Know what’s expected. Every child is different and comes to kindergarten with different strengths, skills, and experiences. See what experts say children should know by the end of each quarter.

Talk with your child’s teacher. Remember, you’re on the same team to help your child learn and grow. See tips for communicating with your child’s teacher.

After school programs. You have options if you need care while you work, including the Guilford County Schools ACES program, YMCAs, community and recreation centers, and private childcare centers. Call 2-1-1 to speak with a representative who can connect you with programs near your child’s school or your home/workplace.

Make sure your child gets the sleep he or she needs. Going to school is a big job, and little people are tired at the end of the day. Pediatricians recommend that kindergartners get 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night.

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