To apply for the NCS Preschool Program, there are two necessary steps.
- Follow the standard new student registration instructions found here
- Complete and submit a free and reduced lunch application - ENG - ESP
Q1. HOW MANY SEATS ARE AVAILABLE?
A. There are seventy (70) total seats available across five (5) different classrooms. Each classroom has a maximum of fifteen (15) students. Two (2) classrooms will be in the Northfield City Elementary School and three (3) classrooms will be at private provider locations. However, since this is the second year of our program, those families who already have children in our program as 3 year old students during the 2018-2019 school year will automatically have seats in their current classrooms as 4 year old students for the 2019-2020 school year. As such, the exact number of available seats will not be known until the registration deadline of May 31, 2019.
Q2. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM?
A. The program will be made available to all Northfield families with three and four year old children. Depending on the number of interested families and available seats, there may be a need for a lottery (see the answer to question #3 and #4 below for more detail).
Q3. HOW WILL IT BE DETERMINED WHO GETS INTO THE PROGRAM?
A. If necessary, selection for the preschool program will be accomplished through a lottery. The available seats will be selected as follows:
- ll families of three and four years old students (as of October 1, 2019) applying for the program must fill out a registration packet, which includes free and reduced lunch forms.
- Any family who qualifies for free and reduced lunch will have priority for available seats.
- All Northfield families with four year old children will be placed in available seats first.
- If there are available seats after placing all four year old students in the program, then the remaining seats will be made available to three year old students.
- If there are available seats after placing all three year old students in the program, then there will be no need for a lottery and any remaining seats will be filled on a first come first served basis.
- If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats, a lottery will be drawn.
- The drawing of the lottery will be open to the public.
Q4. HOW WILL THE LOTTERY BE DONE?
A. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats, a lottery will be drawn.
- Applications will be separated into four year old students and three year old students.
- The lottery for the four year old students will be drawn separately from the lottery for the three year old students.
- Students drawn from the four year old lottery will be place in available seats in the order they were selected until all seats are filled. If there are any remaining four year old students after all of the seats are filled, they will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were selected.
- If there are available seats after placing all four year old students in the program, three year old students drawn from the three year old lottery will be placed in available seats in the order they were selected until all seats are filled. If there are any remaining three year old students after all of the seats are filled, they will be placed on a waiting list in the order inwhich they were selected.
Q5. WHEN WILL THE LOTTEY BE DRAWN?
A. The lottery is scheduled to be drawn the week of June 3, 2019.
Q6. WHEN WILL THE FAMILIES BE INFORMED IF THEY WERE SELECTED FOR THE
A. Families are scheduled to be informed if they were selected for the program no later than June 14, 2019. An orientation meeting for the families who are selected to participate in the program will be made available prior to the start of the program. The date of the orientation meeting has not yet been determined.
Q7. WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM START?
A. The program will start on the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. This date will be available after the 2019-2020 school calendar is Board approved at the May, 2019 Board of Education Meeting.
Q8. WHAT ARE THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TEACHERS?
A. Teachers in all five of the classrooms must possess a standard P-3 teaching certificate, a P-3 certificate of eligibility, or a P-3 certificate of eligibility with advanced standing. Teachers in all five of the classrooms will receive the same level of professional development and support.
Q9. WILL THERE BE AN ASSISTANT FOR THE TEACHER?
A. All five of the classrooms will have at least one certified teacher (see #4 above) and one teacher assistant for the full length of the program.
Q10. WHAT CURRICULUM WILL BE USED FOR PRESCHOOL?
A. All five of the classrooms will be using the Creative Curriculum for instruction. All staff in all five of the classrooms will be trained in the implementation of the state approved curriculum.
Q11. DO THE STUDENTS HAVE TO BE “POTTY” TRAINED TO ATTEND THE PROGRAM?
A. A student will not be excluded from the preschool program if they are not “potty” trained.
Q12. HOW OLD DO THE STUDENTS NEED TO BE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRESCHOOL?
A. Preschool is being offered to Northfield families with four year old children first and then, depending on availability (see #3 and #4 above), to Northfield families with three year old children. Children must be four years old (or 3 years old, depending on availability) by October 1 st of the academic year to be eligible to apply for the program.
Q13. WILL THE FAMILIES WHO ARE SELECTED THROUGH THE LOTTERY HAVE A CHOICE AS TO WHERE THEIR CHILD WILL ATTEND PRESCHOOL?
A. No. Families will be randomly placed in one of the five classrooms identified for the program and families will not have a choice of where their child will attend. Their only option would be to not accept the available seat.
Q14. IS THIS A FULL DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM?
A. The preschool program in all five of the classrooms will be a full day program consisting of six (6) hours.
Q15. WILL THE PRESCHOOL BE FOLLOWING THE DISTRICT CALENDAR?
A. All five of the preschool classrooms will follow the Northfield City School District calendar.
Q16. IS THE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM GOING TO COST THE DISTRICT ANY MONEY?
A. All expenses associated with this general education preschool program are covered through the Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) awarded to the Northfield City School District.