Each year over 1,300 new students enter the Stamford Public School (SPS) district. Kindergarten plays an important role in shaping these young learners. It is necessary that these students have a positive classroom experience to ignite their lifelong love of learning.

SPEF is committed to helping teachers, students, and families have a positive early education experience. It all begins with registering your child for kindergarten.

Kindergarten Registration

To register a student for Stamford Public Schools you must provide:
• Original birth certificate
• Photo ID of parent or legal guardian
• Two (2) forms of proof of address
• Current physical exam and immunization record

Click here to visit the Stamford Public School’s Kindergarten registration page, or
call (203) 977-5312.

Need help registering your child? Staff at Here-to-Help can answer your questions! Click here to submit your Needs Request.

Pre-Kindergarten Learning Experience: SPEF’s Summer Start

Summer Start is a 6-week, half-day program for children entering the Stamford Public Schools (SPS) who have not had a complete preschool experience. Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many students having significant challenges and gaps in their learning. Before entering formal learning in the Stamford Public Schools, SPEF wants to ensure that each child has the opportunity to enjoy a safe, fun, and nurturing Pre-K learning experience.

SPEF’s Summer Start provides engaging classroom activities, combined with theme-based, hands-on projects and fun field trips to build math and literacy skills—aligned with Connecticut Core State Standards. Summer Start gives preschoolers an opportunity to learn classroom routines while interacting socially with fellow rising SPS students. The Summer Start experience can help lessen the anxiety and stress some children feel when starting their first formal schooling. Studies also show that Pre-K instruction sets a strong foundation for future academic and social success.

SPEF is continuing to monitor the guidance and policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic being offered by the CDC, the State of Connecticut, and the Stamford Public Schools to determine specific logistics for our Summer Start programming in the summer of 2021. We will continue to update this website with more information as we have it and will provide a link for Summer Start registration as soon as more details are available.

In the meantime, please fill out this Summer Start Inquiry Form so that we have your information on file.

Identifying Literacy Capabilities for Early Learners

Starting with a pilot program in August 2017, SPEF has been working closely with the SPS Early Childhood Development and Intervention team to implement the Preschool Early Literacy Indicator (PELI) program for Pre-K students in the Stamford community.

PELI is a storybook-embedded assessment of essential pre-literacy and oral language skills needed for Pre-K, designed to identify children who are experiencing difficulties acquiring these skills with intent to provide the instructional support needed to improve future reading outcomes.

SPEF has been assisting the district by providing funding resources and staffing support to identify the current literacy strengths of Stamford’s Pre-K youth — and in 2021 is transitioning the full implementation of this program to Stamford Public Schools.