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Sign Up for Kindergarten this month with Hillsborough County Schools

I know, I know… It’s ONLY February. But NOW is the time to act if you have a child heading into kindergarten this fall. 

From February 18–21, all across Hillsborough County, elementary schools are holding Ready for Kindergarten events. These events offer students and families a firsthand look at kindergarten life.  

Each school’s Ready for Kindergarten program is unique—they often include a one-on-one conversation with a staff member to answer your questions, a tour of the school, time to meet the principal and administration, a pop into a kindergarten classroom and a packet with all the necessary information about the school. 

You’ll find the date and details for each school’s Ready for Kindergarten event at 

When you visit, make sure you ask about what’s on your mind. On Hillsborough County Public Schools elementary campuses, you’ll discover music and the arts, advanced academics and our Academically Gifted Program, media centers and library resources, STEM learning and guaranteed recess time every day. Plus, with all the resources of the nation’s seventh-largest school district, Hillsborough County Public Schools can provide great support for any student who has a learning challenge or special needs. 

In Hillsborough County, to find your neighborhood school, head to and enter your address in our School Locator. We also have Magnet and Choice schools that are open to students from anywhere in our county. Look for them in the School Guide listings in this issue of Tampa Bay Parenting and online at All our schools and award-winning programs are tuition-free. 

This is also a great time to register your child for school. Why register now? You’ll become part of your new school family right away, learning about upcoming events and more. You’ll avoid the extra stress of signing up in the days right around the start of school. Plus, schools determine their number of teachers based on the number of expected students—registering now helps them create the best plan for the year ahead. 

What if you can’t make your school’s Ready for Kindergarten event? Don’t panic! Hillsborough County Public Schools campuses LOVE giving tours and showing off our schools. All you have to do is contact the school and set up a tour time. Explain that your child is an incoming kindergarten student and you would like to see the school, ask some questions and possibly register at that time. 

If you need to know what documents to bring when you register, we have that information and much more about taking the first exciting steps into kindergarten at 

Your caring teachers can’t wait to see you this fall! 

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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