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Posted Date: 04/04/2018

Enid Public Schools will welcome its newest students this week during four-year-old enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. Enrollment will be held, even if school is not in session.

“We believe that an early childhood education is the foundation for a successful educational experience,” said Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Executive Director of HR & Communications. “We look forward to building a strong relationship with their families – one that will last until high school graduation and beyond.”

Enrollment for the four-year-old programs will be held at Coolidge, Eisenhower, Glenwood, Hayes, Hoover, McKinley, Monroe, Prairie View and Taft elementary schools on April 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students should enroll at their home schools.

Due to growing enrollment at each site, students from Adams Elementary School and Garfield Elementary School, along with other students, will attend Carver Early Childhood Center, located at 815 S. 5th. Enrollment will be April 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carver. The school, designed with pre-kindergarteners in mind, opened four years ago through generous donations from the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma and the Inasmuch Foundation.

Enrollment for the full-day, intergenerational four-year-old program at The Commons, 301 S. Oakwood, will be April 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the intergenerational program, residents of The Commons volunteer in the classroom and serve as “grandma” and “grandpa” buddies for the children. EPS offers one of only a handful of intergenerational programs known to exist nationally. Educators from as far away as Australia, Great Britain and South Africa have visited the program to learn more about the intergenerational concept.

Enrollment for the full-day four-year-old program at NWOSU, 2929 E. Randolph, will be April 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the university. The program is located inside Enid’s branch of NWOSU, and college-level students volunteer their time to work with students. Thanks to the 2016 bond issue, EPS is in the planning phase of adding four more classrooms to the program.

All EPS four-year-old programs focus on the social, academic, physical and emotional needs of children. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018.

Beginning April 23, full-day kindergarten enrollment for students who are new to EPS will be weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Parents should visit the Welcome Center located in the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence to enroll their child.

Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018 to enroll. If a child is currently an EPS pre-kindergarten student, it is not necessary to attend kindergarten enrollment because their school will send enrollment information home with the student to complete.

Parents enrolling their children as EPS students for the first time should bring the children’s immunization record, birth certificate (no hospital footprints, please) and verification of address, such as a utility bill.

For more information, contact EPS at 580.366.7000.