Kindergarten Registration

Children ready for kindergarten

Is your child turning 5 by September 30?

The countdown to kindergarten is on.

Don’t Delay, Enroll Today!

Kickoff for Kindergarten Registration begins April 19! Find registration information specific to your South Hampton Roads city.

Find registration information for additional Eastern Virginia cities in the Register section below.

Quality preschool opportunities through the Mixed Delivery Grant

Get a Head Start! Prepare your 3 or 4-year-old for Kindergarten

NEW online Head Start application!

Find applications for Virginia’s Public Preschool Programs in the following cities:
ChesapeakeNorfolkPortsmouth / Suffolk Virginia Beach

1. ReadyHow to prepare your child for kindergarten

Help your child get ready for school.

Children start learning as soon as they’re born and YOU are your child’s first and most important teacher – a role you will play all of their life.

Check out The Basics Hampton Roads to learn about healthy brain development.

Here are some teachable moments you can use to prepare your child for school every day.

  • Read and look at books every day

  • Stick to a regular bedtime and wake-up time

  • Practice counting real objects like cereal or crayons

  • Talk about their feelings and what kindergarten will be like

  • Meet and play with other children their age

  • Show respect and use good manners

  • Find and name letters of the alphabet everywhere you go

  • Visit and explore libraries, parks, and museums

  • Use scissors to practice cutting and crayons to draw

  • Teach them to put their things away make a special place for toys/books

  • If you suspect your child is delayed in his/her development, contact your school division’s Office of Special Education to inquire about an assessment or contact Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia at 1.800.234.1448 to speak to a specialist in your city.

Remember: On time, all day, every day!
Missed days can cause your child to fall behind. Attending school on a regular basis makes your child feel better about school and themselves.

2. SetWhat you’ll need for registration, including where you can get immunizations, physicals or a new birth certificate

Gather the following required documents

A certified copy of your child’s birth certificate.

Physical exam results dated within one year of the first day of school. Don't have health insurance? Click here to learn more or apply today.

Immunization records signed and dated by a physician. Click here for birth to age 6 immunization schedule.

Find immunization and physical exam information for your city:


Immunization information:
Chesapeake Health Department
748 Battlefield Blvd N.
Chesapeake, VA 23320
For questions and/or to schedule an appointment, please call (757) 382-8631

Immunization Clinic Hours: By appointment only
Physical examinations required for Kindergarten entry into the Chesapeake City School system are provided at no cost to uninsured residents of the city of Chesapeake by appointment and provider availability.

Click here for Chesapeake Health Department's Health Services page.

All private, Medicaid and/or FAMIS insurance are not eligible for this program. (757) 382-8631

Physicals and immunization information:
Hampton Roads Community Health Center


Immunization Information for Norfolk Public Health Department:

  • South Hampton Clinic 830 Southhampton Ave. #200, Norfolk, VA 23505 (757) 683-2735
  • Little Creek Clinic 207 East Little Creek Road Norfolk, VA 23505 (757) 683-2735 (by appointment)

For more information or questions, please call 757-683-2735. See Clinic Hours tab for information on hours and services offered at each location.

Physicals and immunizations:
Hampton Roads Community Health Center
By appointment only: (757) 393-6363

Park Place Family Medical Center: 3415 Granby St. Norfolk, VA
East Ocean View Medical Center: 9581 Shore Dr., Norfolk, VA
Communicare Family Health Center: 804 Whitaker Ln., Norfolk, VA


Immunization information:
Portsmouth Health Department
1701 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Main Office: (757) 393-8585

Routine immunizations are by appointment for infants, children, teens, and adults. Please bring all immunization records with you and present them at the time of registration.

Phone (757) 393-8585 extension 8512

Click here to see the Appointment Schedule

Physicals and immunization information:
Portsmouth Community Health Center
664 Lincoln St.
Portsmouth, VA 23704

By appointment only- (757) 393-6363


Immunization information:
Suffolk Health Department
135 Hall Avenue
Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 514-4700

Physicals and immunization information:


Virginia Beach

Immunization information:

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health
4452 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Immunization Clinic is by appointment only.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 518-2700 (press 1 for clinic, then 0 for operator).

Please bring the following items to your immunization appointment:

  • Shot Record
  • Picture ID for adult authorizing services
  • Health Insurance Information


Physicals and immunization information:

Hampton Roads Community Health Center

A proof of address.

  • This may include a current utility bill, lease and/or home contract.
  • Additional documentation needed for families residing with family or friends. Contact the school for more information.

Custody or court order documentation (if applicable).

Proof of identification for yourself (parent or guardian).

Your school division’s completed registration packet.

  • Contact the school your child will attend to request a registration packet.

What if I don’t have all the forms I need? It’s okay, you should still begin the process. Call the school with questions about missing forms.

What if my child is in Head Start or Public Preschool? Contact your child’s new school for registration instructions

Download a PDF of this checklist: 

Checklist for kindergarten registration

Kindergarten Registration checklist - English

Kindergarten Registration checklist - Spanish

3. RegisterImportant registration information by city

Register at the school your child will be attending.

Find registration information by city below.. Check out the latest news with updates from each city at


Contact Chesapeake RU Ready or call (757) 382-2226 for event information. 


Kindergarten registration
Emily Spong Preschool Center
2200 Piedmont Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23704

For more info call: (757)-393-5128 or (757) 393-8611

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Thank you, WHRO, for supporting kindergarten registration in Hampton Roads.

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