Department of Defense Education Activity

Media Advisory: July 13, 2010
, DoDEA Educational Communications Officer: 703-588-3260
, DoDEA Educational Communications Officer: 703-588-3265

ARLINGTON, VA —  Parents planning to enroll a child in the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) kindergarten for the coming school year should be aware of the entrance requirements before making an appointment to register a child in school.
The policy of DoDEA is that children must be five years old by September 1 of the year they are enrolled in kindergarten for all DoDEA schools. Proof of the child’s age must be provided through documentation such as a birth certificate or passport. Students enrolling in DoDEA domestic schools may also be asked to show proof of on-base residence.
Before enrolling in a DoDEA kindergarten program, children must have the required immunizations. Please visit the DoDEA website at for information on immunization requirements. For additional information on immunizations, parents can also contact the school nurse where their child will attend kindergarten.
When registering children for kindergarten, parents should bring the sponsor’s orders to prove enrollment eligibility. The sponsor does not need to be present at registration, as long as the parent or other adult registering the child has all the necessary paperwork.
After calling the school to set up an appointment for kindergarten enrollment, make sure to have all of the following documents to complete the registration process:

  • Proof of age;
  • Medical records, including all dates and types of immunizations; and
  • Sponsor’s orders for current tour of duty
  • Proof on on-base residency

Parents can also contact the registrar at their child’s school for more enrollment information.