Before the First Day of Kindergarten
Children must be 5 years old by September 1st in order to start kindergarten. Registration typically begins during these times and is ongoing:
- Oak Park District 97 – in February; call 708-524-3000.
- River Forest District 90 – in late January; call 708-771-8282.
- Forest Park District 91– in April; if you live north of I290 call 708-366-6945; if you live south of I290 call 708-366-7498.
To register your child, you will need proof of residency — such as a lease agreement, mortgage statement, and utility bills — and your child’s birth certificate. Contact your local school district for more details.
Oak Park and Forest Park school districts have full-day kindergarten. River Forest currently offers half-day kindergarten.
Oak Park District 97 asks all incoming kindergarteners to participate in a Kindergarten Readiness Screening. This screening does not affect a child’s ability to enroll in kindergarten. Rather, it helps teachers get a snapshot of each child’s readiness to learn. Screenings last about 90 minutes and include both the test, as well as a meeting with the child’s parents/guardians. Call the District 97 office (708-524-3000) for more information or to make an appointment.
- Illinois law requires proof of a dental exam and proof of immunizations for all kindergarteners.
- Before the first day of school, familiarize your child with the school, the teacher, the room and even the bathrooms.
- If possible, introduce your child to other children who will be in the same kindergarten class. Take your child to play on the school’s playground.
- Talk to your child about how about how he or she will get to and from school.
- Develop daily school routines, including consistent wake-up times and bedtimes.
- Help your child become independent. For example, have them keep track of their own things and put on their own clothes and shoes.