Program

-         The program will run two half day sessions, with a maximum of 18 students in each class.

-         The Universal Pre-Kindergarten class will have one full-time teacher and one full-time teacher aide.

-         Fillmore Central School will provide transportation.

 

Enrollment       

-         All children who will be four years old will be eligible for the program. The child’s birth date must fall within the state designated parameters.

-         Universal Pre-Kindergarten applications will be distributed in May of the prior school year.

o       The application will consist of:

§         An entrance form

§         A request for transportation

§         A social history

§         A health form

§         A physical completed by a physician

§         Immunization records

§         A birth certificate

§         A home language questionnaire

§         A homeless student identification form

-         All applications must be received by Fillmore Central School by August 1 of the new school year.

-         Parent request for either the morning or afternoon sessions will be honored, if possible, but they are not guaranteed.

-         Out of district Universal Pre-Kindergarten students may be accepted into the program if there are not 36 district student applications on August 1.

o       Non-resident students must file a non-resident application with the Superintendent and be accepted to be eligible for the program.

 

Lottery System

-         In the event that more than 36 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Applications are returned to the district, a lottery system will be implemented to identify the students in the program.

-         The Universal Pre-Kindergarten lottery will be drawn on August 2 of the new school year. The lottery will be held on the following Monday if August 2 falls on a holiday or weekend.

-         The lottery process:

o       The names of every applicant will be written on a paper and submitted to a container that is not see-through.

o        Student names will be drawn from the container until the 36 student slots are filled.

-         In the event that there are more than 36 applications, no child is guaranteed a spot in the program, including students with disabilities or the children of faculty or staff members.

-         In the event that more than 36 applications are received, the names of the additional applicants will be drawn and identified on a preferred wait list in the order the children are drawn from the container.

 

Wait List

-         In the event each session has 18 students, any additional applicants will be added to a preferred waitlist.

-         The Universal Pre-Kindergarten Coordinator will retain information on the preferred waitlist.

 

Assessment

-         As required by Universal Pre-Kindergarten regulations, all students will participate in a screening and outcome assessment to evaluate the impact of the program.

-         Fillmore Central School will use the DIAL-3 for the pre- and post- assessment to measure student growth.

-         Each student will also participate in a speech screening to identify any potential articulation or language issues.

-         Parents will be notified of any potential difficulties identified through the district assessment.

-         Referrals to the Committee on Preschool Special Education will be made if determined necessary by the teacher, parent, and evaluator.

 

Curriculum

-         Early literacy is the foundation for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.

-         Fillmore Central School will use numerous resources to accomplish academic tasks.

-         The Letter People curriculum will be implemented for early literacy skills.

-         Hands-on math and science materials are being purchased to integrate with the concept or letter of the week presented in the Letter People Curriculum.

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