Parents wishing to register their children in kindergarten at one of the Catholic board’s 167 elementary schools in Toronto can do so starting on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) invites new families with children born in 2009 to register for kindergarten.
To accommodate parents’ schedules, the board will also host evening registration sessions during the week of Jan. 14. Parents are asked to phone their local Catholic school for specific dates and times.
“Kindergarten is a time of wonder, awe and learning,” TCDSB board chair Ann Andrachuk said in a statement. “It is an exciting time for children and their families and represents a major threshold in a child’s life at a critical stage of development.”
The Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program is set to be fully implemented in all TCDSB schools by 2015-2016.
During its first year of implementation in 2010, the province funded 63 full-day classrooms for 1,638 students in 28 schools across the TCDSB. Now in its third year of implementation, the board today offers the program in 199 classrooms, serving 5,714 students in 83 schools.
“We are dedicated to nurturing our students spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally through a faith-based curriculum in a caring, Catholic environment,” TCDSB Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues said in a statement. “This is a critical period when a child has the highest capacity to learn that will impact positively on their future participation in society.”
The TCDSB also offers a number of specialized Kindergarten services: the Kindergarten Intervention and Needs Program (KIND) is provided for students who are having difficulty adjusting to school and supports a child’s ability to follow classroom routines, develop social skills, and strengthen academic abilities; the Kindergarten Language Program delivers intensive language and literacy support to students in Senior Kindergarten who have delayed oral language development.
Parents or guardians wishing to register their kids at a TCDSB are required to bring the following documents to registration: the child’s birth certificate (Certificate of Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status); the child’s Catholic Baptismal Certificate (or other proof of Catholicity); the child’s Ontario Health Card and Immunization Record; proof of residency in Toronto.
For more information, call 416-222-8282, ext. 5314 or go to www.tcdsb.org