When can I register my child at your preschool? What should I know about the registration process?

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Tracy Jennings, Works at Noodle and here to help!

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We understand that's a big enough challenge to find the right preschool for your child, and Noodle is also here to help you manage the enrollment process. First, read our expert article about enrolling your child in school. It will give you a sense of what questions you should ask and what materials you need to enroll your child.

Schools typically require a proof of age/identity, usually in the form of a birth certificate or ID card. Public preschools also require proof of residence within that school district. Examples of such proof include a driver’s license, a utility bill, or a rent or mortgage statement. Public schools are required to accept students who reside in their district, regardless of the student’s immigration status. Therefore, schools cannot ask for a social security number or green card as proof of residency. While there have been instances of individual schools prohibiting children from registering, it is illegal to do so.

In addition to the documents mentioned above, children need to have records of their vaccinations and might need to be immunized against particular diseases. At certain times, schools may ask to see records from vision / dental check-ups.

Second, check your school district website — this is where you can find the information about what health records and ID types you'll need. The timing and process differs from district to district, not to mention state to state. The best thing to do is to confirm with the school what the district website reports.

The Rhode Island Department of Education website helpfully has a list of public preschools in the state, and you can sign up on a mailing list for information about the state lottery for public preschool for 2015-2016. The state also posted a list of frequently asked questions about Rhode Island public preschool that you'll find helpful.

It seems that there are no open spots for this school year, but you can try calling Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Educational Center to confirm — the school phone number is (401) 521-5460.

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