Preschool resgistration for Camden set for Wednesday

Parents of Camden’s 3,000 preschool aged kids (3- and 4-year-olds) will be able to register their children for preschool on Wednesday.

Camden school district officials are hoping to get at least 90 percent of the 3- and 4-year-old population to meet the state’s goal, between 2,600 and 3,000.

There is currently enough classroom space for 2,500 preschoolers, half of which will be open slots for the fall.

Preschool “builds the foundation …. To become viable residents,” Cheryl Chavis, the district’s Community and Parent Involvement Specialist said Tuesday, stressing the importance of enrolling the city’s youngest students. She added that preschool is a start to closing the achievement gap.

Children who will be 3-years-old on or before Oct. 1 and can prove Camden City residency are eligible for the district’s preschool programs.

Preschool registration for Camden children will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at all city public schools and any Board of Education private provider and from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the board’s administration building, 201 N. Front St.

Parents should bring: three current proofs of home address, child’s original birth certificate, proof of child’s shot record and proof of income.

After Wednesday, parents may contact school directly about open slots. They may also call the district at 856-966-2000 X38321.

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