Families should begin preparing their children to register for kindergarten in the winter before kindergarten begins. In Delaware, students must be five-years-old by August 31 of the current school year to attend kindergarten. Kindergarten registration deadlines vary per school, so please check with your local school district for specific timelines.

Follow these steps to register your child for kindergarten:

  • Step 1: Locate your school Use the school feeder search to locate the school that serves your address. Even if you decide to participate in the School Choice process, you need to register with your local elementary school first.
  • Step 2: Gather general documentation You will need several documents before you can enroll your child in kindergarten. Visit the Delaware Readiness Teams for more information about kindergarten registration and school choice. Check out the following for a list of general kindergarten registration information:

    Get Ready for Kindergarten checklist (English)

    Prepárate para el Jardín de Infancia (Español)

  • Step 3: Find your school’s kindergarten registration requirements Every district and charter school has specific requirements for kindergarten registration. Find these requirements here.

Want to know more about getting your child ready for kindergarten? Learn about the Delaware Early Learning Survey (DE-ELS), which looks at each child’s knowledge and skills during the first 30 days of kindergarten. This survey helps determine if a child needs additional support to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.