Step Into Kindergarten

A child must be 5 years old on or before January 1st of the academic school year to be eligible

Registration opens in February

If you are unaware of where your child will attend school go to School Assignments

Due to COVID-19 when registration is complete, please email all required documents to the school Administrative Support found here .

If you need support please call the Norwalk Public Schools Early Childhood Department at (203) 854-4113.

For help in Spanish, call the Norwalk Public Schools Multilingual Welcome Center at (203) 854-4093.


Email address is required

Complete registration:

  • Registration Form

  • Home Language Survey

  • Student Emergency Contact Form

  • Directory/Media Release Form

  • Acceptable Internet Use Agreement

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire form (60-months)

  • Current physical/medical and immunization records must be brought to school

  • Child will not be able to start school without the physical being approved by the nurse

  • Proof of residency

  • Parent or guardian photo identification

  • Mortgage statement/Deed or Real Estate or current lease signed with expiration date or notarized affidavit of residency

      • AND two current utility bills (gas, electrical, water, cable-no cell phone)

      • AND original Birth Certificate or Passport

  • If applicable

    • Custody paperwork

    • IEP evaluations

    • Request for student records

Immunization Requirements

In accordance with Connecticut State Law and Norwalk Public School policy, a health assessment is required prior to public school enrollment and in grades PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, 6, and 10. A physical examination includes height, weight and blood pressure; hematocrit/hemoglobin lab studies; vision, hearing, speech and gross dental screenings; updating of immunizations, chronic disease assessment and TB risk assessment. The health assessment information must be on the State of Connecticut Health Assessment Record Form (form HAR-3).

Lunch Information

Elementary Schools

Start times for 2021-2022 school year

Brookside Elementary School 8:50-3:25383 Highland Ave (203) 899-2830
Columbus K-8 Magnet School9:15-3:50 46 Concord Street(203) 899-2840
Cranbury Elementary School 9:15-3:5010 Knowalot Lane(203) 846-3600
Fox Run Elementary School 9:15-3:50288 Fillow Street (203) 899-2860
Jefferson School 8:00-2:3521 Hunters Lane (203 )899-2874
Kendall Elementary School 8:00-2:3557 Fillow Street (203) 899-2880 Marvin Elementary School 8:00-2:3515 Calf Pasture Beach Rd. (203) 899-2890
Naramake Elementary School 8:00-2:3516 King Street (203) 899-2900
Rowayton Elementary School9:15-3:501 Roton Avenue (203) 899-2940
Silvermine Dual Language Magnet School9:15-3:50157 Perry Ave (203) 899-2950
Tracey Magnet School8:50-3:2520 Camp Street (203) 899-2960
Wolfpit Elementary School 9:15-3:501 Starlight Drive (203) 899-2980

Expectations for Kindergartners

We understand that children enter Kindergarten with a wide range of skills and experiences. Norwalk Public School staff work with children to support all levels of learning and development.

These expectations were created through a collaborative effort between community preschools and Norwalk Public School teachers and staff.


Coping Skills

    • Uses the toilet independently

    • Follows routines and expectations

    • Manages transitions and changes in routine

    • Tolerates frustration appropriately

    • Consistently separates easily from parents or caregivers

    • Demonstrates age-appropriate dressing and eating skills

    • Respect for others

    • Respects peers and adults

    • Respects his or her environment

    • Understands that positive and negative actions have consequences

Social Skills

    • Interacts appropriately with other children in large and small groups

    • Takes turns with adults and peers

    • Resolves conflicts with peers

Expressive Language Skills

    • Communicates with peers and adults

    • Communicates personal needs

    • Uses words to ask for help

    • Actively participates in conversations using reciprocal dialogue

    • Responds to open-ended questions

Receptive Language Skills

    • Listens attentively in large and small groups

    • Follows 2-step directions independently (at onset of Kindergarten)

Attention and Focus

    • Sustains attention during adult-directed activities for 10 minutes

    • Sustains attention during self-selected activities for 15 minutes

    • Exhibits impulse control


Academic Skills

    • Identifies colors

    • Identifies simple shapes

    • Counts to 20

    • Counts items up to 10 with one-to-one correspondence

    • Identifies written numerals 1 - 10

    • Holds a writing implement and scissors with functional grasp

    • Understands concepts of print

      • how to hold a book

      • how to track words with finger from left to right

    • Recognize characters/settings in a story

    • Understands role of author and illustrator

    • Pre-reads a story and re-tells the story from pictures

    • Recognizes first name with first letter uppercase and the rest lowercase

    • Writes first and last name

    • Identifies uppercase letters

    • Identifies lowercase letters

    • Recognizes letter sounds

Ways to Support Your Child's Learning At Home

Social and Emotional Development

    • Ensure that your child uses the toilet independently; encourage your child to wipe when necessary, flush the toilet and wash his/her hands after each use

    • Wear clothes that he/she can manage independently

    • Encourage your child to dress him/herself in the morning; before going out to play, have your child put his/her shoes on the correct feet, put on his/her jacket and zip or button it; in snowy weather, encourage your child to put on snow pants and boots on the correct feet

    • Encourage your child to use a spoon or fork for food rather than fingers

    • Use meal times and car rides to encourage conversations

    • Allow children to experience and resolve conflict; help your child solve problems by offering alternative ways to do something or suggesting some words to use to resolve a conflict

    • Prepare your child for transitions and routines with the use of timers (practice routines on the weekend when you are not in a rush to get to school)

    • Encourage your child to express him/herself with words especially when becoming upset (e.g., not having immediate access to a desired item); encourage your child to identify the problem and possible solutions and then help your child to work out a solution

    • Ensure that your child uses the toilet independently; encourage your child to wipe when necessary, flush the toilet and wash his/her hands after each use

    • Model the use of phrases like “May I have a turn?” when playing a game or having a conversation

    • Practice 2-step directions, using words like “First, then”; ask your child to repeat the directions back to you

Pre-Academic Development

    • Read daily aloud books with rich vocabulary and use new words as you play and talk together

    • Sing simple nursery rhymes, read poetry, practice repeating rhyming words, and make up funny rhyming words

    • Read books that are fictional and informational texts; ask questions “Who, what, when, where, why and how” about the story; predict what may happen next; make a connection to your own life experiences

    • Story telling about places you go, family history, whats happens during their day, who they played with and favorite experiences of the day

    • Print your child’s name whenever possible, such as on drawings; encourage your child to write his/her name, while identifying the letter in their name

    • Discuss the parts of a story; identify the author and illustrator

    • Provide clipboards, paper or sticky notes to encourage writing and practice holding pencils, markers, or crayons

    • Draw figure and objects, practicing coloring within the lines

    • Count items in your house, such as pretzels for snack, toy cars, or steps as you walk

    • Sort items by same or different, and into categories: smallest to largest, putting together items of the same color, shape, or pattern

    • Visit the library; book suggestions and class schedules can be found online at

    • Provide opportunities for your child to play and participate in groups, such as library story hours and neighborhood groups

    • Encourage the use of play dough; practice stringing beads and using scissors to strengthen finger/hand muscles

    • Read print in the community – store signs, names of food in grocery store, and labels