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Early Childhood Programs and Kindergarten

Early Childhood Programs and Kindergarten


Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time for both a parent and a child. For some children it is their first venture away from home. For all children it is a new learning community with new faces and procedures.

For first–time parents or those new to our community, we would like to help you navigate this new educational system.

  • Your child can attend kindergarten next August as long as she or he turns 5 on or before September 1.
  • Your child is zoned for a particular elementary school based on your address. Find your assigned school.
  • For parents who wish to send their child to a school outside of their zoned area, see our choice options.
  • If your child will be turning 6 on or after February 1 of the upcoming school year, you have the option to hold off on kindergarten until the following school year. (Note: Kindergarten IS mandatory for children who will turn 6 before February 1.)

Be prepared for Kindergarten!

  • View this webinar presented by Lisa Black, the Supervisor for Kindergarten and VPK at Hillsborough Schools.
  • Follow our Ready for Kindergarten monthly checklist to make sure your child is ready for Kindergarten!
  • See further registration information for needed documentation.

Don’t wait to start the process!

Parents are encouraged to register their children for kindergarten before the current school-year ends.

“Ready for Kindergarten” events in will be held during the THIRD WEEK IN FEBRUARY across Hillsborough County.

Parents with complete documentation will be able to register at the event or any time after that. (Note that the Physical must be dated within one year of the first day the child will attend school and the shot record must be up-to-date). Some paperwork can be downloaded and completed at home ahead of time. Click for more information.

Ready for Kindergarten event dates and registration information are now available for the 2020-21 academic year .

Our goal is to help every child experience a smooth transition into kindergarten. For many children, that transition starts with a quality preschool experience.

Bold Beginnings is a Triple A initiative from Hillsborough Schools. We hope to provide every family with an Awareness of the early childhood programs available to them, Access to these programs and Assistance navigating these choices. It incorporates the following programs:

For questions about your child’s preparedness for school or any similar topics, contact the Kindergarten Department at or (813) 27 CHILD (272-4453)!

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