• Kindergarten


    Children must be 5 years old by September 30th to attend kindergarten. Click here for instructions for Early Entrance to Kindergarten through our Gifted Program if your child turns 5 years old after September 30th.

    If your child will be 4 years old on or before September 30th, he/she may be eligible to enroll in our FREE PreK program.

    Call 216-838-3675 to speak with a Kindergarten enrollment specialist today!


    Kindergarten offerings 

    • FREE full-day kindergarten
    • FREE hearing screening, vision exam & glasses
    • FREE dental at select schools
    • Early literacy & math instruction
    • Computer technology

    Required documents for enrollment

    • Child’s birth certificate
    • Valid photo ID
    • Guardianship documents (if applicable)
    • Proof of address
    • Complete & up-to-date immunization record

    Required immunizations for enrollment

    • 5 doses DPT* (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)
    • 4 doses IPV* (Polio)
    • 2 doses MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • 3 doses Hepatitis B
    • 2 doses Varicella (Chickenpox)

    * An additional dose is required if all doses were given prior to the 4th birthday.


    Parents and Guardians may begin the enrollment process for Kindergarten by visiting the District’s school choice portal. Go to ChooseCMSD.org to make your child’s school selection today — choose up to three schools!

    Important Contacts

    Early Childhood Office - 216.838.0110

    Multilingual Multicultural Education Center - 216.838.0140 (Families that speak a language other than English)

    Project ACT - 216.838.0243 (Families in transition)

    Special Education - 216.838.7733 (Children with special needs – ages 5 & up)

    Transportation - 216.838.4287

    Kindergarten Registration Information

    Download the Kindergarten Registration Flier

    All Kindergarten Teachers must be trained to facilitate the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). Contact earlychildhood@clevelandmetroschools.org to register for training.