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Online Kindergarten Registering To Launch In January

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Online Kindergarten registration will soon be available for parents registering their children for public school.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Thursday the Kindergarten Connect Online tool will be launched citywide in January.

The Department of Education says the pilot program has been a success and parents given online or even over the phone options applied for kindergarten earlier in the year.

"Right now parents must go from school to school to school, submitting applications at each school in order to apply to multiple schools," said Walcott. "We've heard from families across the city complaining about this, we've listened, we've tried to process that information. They said, 'Make it easier for us to make sure we're able to enroll our children in kindergarten.' Now we're going to make it easier for them."

Parents will still be able to rank their options in order of preference and zone.

Other guidelines will also stay in effect, like giving children extra consideration for admission if a brother or sister already attends a particular school.

"Everything should be online," said one city parent.

"The process is very taxing. I know it's stressful on everybody. Anything to simplify the system would be great," said another city parent.

The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on expanding Kindergarten Connect at its next meeting.

Of course, it will then be up to the next mayor and schools chancellor to roll it out.

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