Requirements: Pre-kindergarten

To register your child for the current school year they must be at least 3 or 4 years old by October 1st of the current school year. Registration must be done by the parent or a legal guardian (guardianship papers must be presented at the time of registration). The parent or legal guardian must have a valid photo ID present at the time of registration. Birth certificates completed physicals (must be signed and stamped by MD), and immunization (shot) records are mandatory. All persons registering children must bring three (3) proofs of residency.

Proof of Residency List

Verification of a child’s residency in East Orange requires the presentation of:

Any three (3) of the following items listed:

  • Homeowner — East Orange property tax bill, mortgage statement, or signed Contract of Purchase
  • Tenant – Active lease (must be notarized)
  • Child and Parent living with an East Orange Resident — Signed, notarized Sworn Statement of Residency (Residency Check  Form) completed by the East Orange resident and parent or guardian (MUST BE PICKED UP FROM THE ENROLLMENT CENTER – 135 Glenwood Avenue)    (PLEASE BE ADVISED AN ATTENDANCE OFFICER WILL VISIT THE HOME TO VERIFY YOUR RESIDENCY)
  • Child Placed in East Orange by Court – Court order placing a child in the home of an East Orange resident
  • Child Placed in East Orange by Child Welfare Agency — Documentation from a child welfare agency ordering the placement of a child in the house of an East Orange resident or Foster Parent Placement Letter
  • Driver’s License
  • Vehicle registration
  • Auto insurance card
  • Current utility bill
  • Current cable television bill
  • Current credit card bill
  • Hospital/Medical bills
  • Official mail (government correspondence: Internal Revenue, Division of Taxation, Social Security Administration)
  • Public assistance documents
  • Unemployment benefit verification
  • Income tax return (current year received thru the mail)
  • Bank statement
  • Recent paycheck/stub
  • Postal Change of Address

Medical Requirements

For Pre-kindergarten, your child must have a current copy of immunization (shot) records that are age-appropriate along with a current physical. Physical must be signed and stamped by MD. These shots are required and are without exception:

  • 4 doses DTaP
  • 3 doses Polio
  • 1 dose MMR
  • 1 dose HIB (minimum of 1 dose after the 1st birthday)
  • 1 dose Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • 1 dose Pneumococcal Vaccine (minimum of 1 dose after the 1st birthday)
  • 1 dose Influenza (annually between September 1st to December 31st each year)

Lead Testing

The state of New Jersey requires all Pre-Kindergarten students to get lead tested. Please have your child tested prior to registering. Lead Poisoning can cause learning and behavior problems in children. Lead can also cause slowed growth, anemia, and hearing problems. A child might have lead in his or her blood, but still, look healthy. Prevent lead poisoning. Know your child’s lead number by talking with your physician or your local health department. East Orange Health Department Lead Program — (973)-266-5489

Special Education

If your child has an active/current IEP you must contact the Special Education Department for registration requirements at (973) 266-5785.