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NCS Preschool Information
Q1. How many seats are available?
- 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 (More information regarding the private providers will be available after contracts with the private providers are finalized).
Q2. Who is eligible for the program?
- Initially, the program will be made available to all Northfield families with four year old children. Depending on the number of interested families and available seats, the program may be made available to three year old Northfield children (see the answer to question #3 below for more detail).
Q3. How will it be determined who gets into the program?
- Selection for the preschool program will be accomplished through a lottery. The available seats will be selected as follows:
- All Northfield families with four year old children will be eligible to apply for the preschool program.
- All families 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.
- A lottery will be drawn for the remaining seats.
- If the number of available seats exceeds the number of four year old applicants, the preschool program will be made available to all Northfield families with three year old children.
- The drawing of the lottery will be open to the public.
Q4. When will the lottery be drawn?
- The lottery is scheduled to be drawn on November 15, 2018.
Q5. When will the families be informed if they were selected for the program?
- Families are scheduled to be informed if they were selected for the program on November 20, 2018. 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.
Q6. When does the program start?
- The program will start January 2, 2019.
Q7. What are the certification requirements for the teachers?
- 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.
Q8. Will there be an assistant for the teacher?
- 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.
Q9. What curriculum will be used for preschool?
- 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.
Q10. Do the students have to be “potty” trained to attend the program?
- A student will not be excluded from the preschool program if they are not “potty” trained.
Q11. How old do the students need to be to be eligible for preschool?
- Preschool is being offered to Northfield families with four year old children first and then, depending on availability (see #3 above), to Northfield families with three year old children. Children must be four years old (or 3 years old, depending on availability) by October 1st of the academic year to be eligible to apply for the program.
Q12. Will the families who are selected through the lottery have a choice as to where their child will attend preschool?
- 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.
Q13. Is this a full day preschool program?
- The preschool program in all five of the classrooms will be a full day program consisting of six (6) hours.
Q14. Will the preschool be following the district calendar?
- All five of the preschool classrooms will follow the Northfield City School District calendar.
Q15. Is the preschool program going to cost the district any money?
- 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.