The Mason Early Childhood Center’s 2016-2017 kindergarten registration is underway. On February 24, 2016 prospective kindergarten families may attend a pre-registration meeting at MECC located at 4631 Hickory Woods Dr. Parents may sign kindergarten packets out from 6-6:30 pm, and will learn about the kindergarten program from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Due to limited seating, the meeting is for parents only.
After February 24, Kindergarten packets are available at MECC, 4631 Hickory Woods Dr. or at the Mason Central Registration Office at 211 North East Street. In order to ensure that the Mason Early Childhood Center is able to accurately project staffing and services for next year, packets will not be mailed and cannot be downloaded.
“MECC provides a unique opportunity to meet the needs of every child based upon sound, developmentally appropriate practices and a wide variety of instructional programs. We encourage parents to become actively involved in their child’s school experience, and look forward to meeting all our new families!” noted MECC Principal Melissa Bly.
Kindergarten Registration Requirements
Registration for kindergarten will be held in the MECC Gym on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 22 6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, March 23 6:00-8:00pm
At this time, completed packets will be returned along with the following required documents:
- Proof of residency (lease, deed, settlement statement)
If building a new home, or purchase is pending, form MCS-308 is also required. Your closing date must be within 90 calendar days of the start of school. Form MCS-308 is available in the MECC office or at the Office of the Registrar. If the parent/guardian’s name does not appear on the residency documents, the person whose name does appear must come with the parent/guardian and prove residency.
- Child’s original birth certificate (with raised seal); or active passport
Please be aware that obtaining a birth certificate can take up to 6 weeks. Contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the city where your child was born if you do not have an original document. For students born in Ohio, you may go to any local health department to obtain a birth certificate.
- Parent driver’s license or government issued ID card
- Custody paperwork (if applicable)
MECC Offers Half-Day, Every Day Kindergarten
Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year will be ½ day programming with AM hours 9:10 am-11:55 am and PM hours 12:55 pm - 3:40 pm. Your child’s session is determined by the address of your residence. The finalized street listing will be posted on www.MasonOhioSchools.com.
Child Care & Transportation
Bus pickup and drop off times will not be available until August. Your child’s transportation may be affected if he/she is not registered in the geographic assigned session as a result of you requesting a session change.
If you are coordinating residential private child care, you will need to stay within your assigned session for your child to receive Mason bus service both to and from school. If you hope to change sessions, you may do so by returning a Change Request form located on the district website. Session changes will only be granted by the principal if enrollment numbers allow. Please keep this in mind as you arrange care for your child.
Public daycare centers within the Mason City School District receive bus service for both sessions. Please be aware that some daycares may be assigned a specific session due to their location. This information will be available on the street listing guide.
How Can I Get My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
The most important thing to prepare for kindergarten is to help your child develop a positive attitude about school and the wonderful things he/she will be learning. Enjoy the time spent with your child while stimulating learning by:
- reading to your child and sharing picture books every day develops an interest in reading;
- practice writing his/her name with crayons, pencils or markers;
- counting with picture books, snacks (pretzels, fish crackers, etc.) or while setting the table for dinner;
- reading and enjoying alphabet books and recognizing letters of the alphabet in everyday life (ex. restaurants, cereal boxes, road signs, etc.);
- recognizing, naming and drawing basic shapes;
- practicing your phone number and address;
- coloring; and,