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Register for Kindergarten Today!

A Message from ODE Leadership

  • Oregon Department of Education (ODE) leadership discuss
    the importance of early kindergarten registration.

    Dr. Charlene Williams
    Director, ODE

    Dr. Charlene Williams
  • Oregon Department of Education (ODE) analizan
    la importancia de la inscripción temprana el kinder.

    Carmen Urbina
    Deputy Director, ODE

    Carmen Urbina

Early Connections to Kindergarten

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC), and Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) are collaborating with partners across the state to share the value of early registration for kindergarten families.

When families register for school in the spring, they have more opportunities to:

  • share information about their child’s strengths, interests, and needs;
  • participate in summer transitioning into kindergarten programs;
  • sign-up for school meals, bus transportation, and before and after-school programs; and
  • meet other families during school events and start the year off right!

Register for Kindergarten Materials

ODE has created a toolkit below with print-ready materials translated into eight languages. These materials supplement conversations with families about early registration during the pre-kindergarten year.

Register for
Kindergarten Today!


Every Oregonian
has a role!

You can help children and families have a strong start to kindergarten by sharing this simple message: If your student will be five years old on or before September 1st, it’s time to register for kindergarten. The first step is to visit the school’s website or call the school to learn more about how to register.

For more information, please contact

“Connecting with families early helps kindergartners have a strong start to their school and feel a part of our school family.”

-Vickie Pantoja, Care Coordinator
A.C. Houghton Elementary,
Morrow County School District