Preliminary Applications Being Accepted for 2017-18 Preschool Program

For Immediate Release
June 13, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Public Schools has scheduled the dates on which preliminary applications for its pilot preschool program will be accepted. Eligible students residing in the Redbud Run Elementary School attendance zone must complete the preliminary application process on Wednesday, June 21 from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Redbud Run Elementary School. Students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones must submit preliminary applications on Monday, June 26 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School. An interpreter will be available at each registration site.

Only students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendances zones who will be four years of age on or before September 30, 2017, are eligible to apply for the preschool program. Students must be fully toilet trained and able to take care of their bathroom needs. In addition, the maximum family income for program participants must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty rates. (see attached table). Families are to include the following as income- employment earnings; unemployment and workers’ compensation payments; Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits; public assistance payments (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF); veterans’ benefits payments; survivor benefit payments; pension and retirement income; interest and dividends; rents and royalties; income from estates and trusts; income from educational assistance, alimony and child support; financial assistance from outside the household.

Parents/guardians who submit a preliminary application for the preschool program on June 21 or 26 should bring a certified copy of the child’s birth record, proof of residency and original source documents regarding all sources of income (employee pay stubs/earning notices, income tax returns, employer W-2 forms or documentation of public assistance program payments).

After preliminary applications have been processed, the school division will contact the families of those students who meet the eligibility requirements for the program to complete a full registration packet at the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building on Monday July 17 or Wednesday, July 26. Once the full registration packet is completed, the applications will be assessed with admission to the program being offered in early August to those students who are determined to realize the greatest educational benefit from participating in preschool. Completing the registration packet does not guaranteed acceptance into the program.

The Virginia Department of Education has awarded Frederick County Public Schools a Virginia Preschool Initiative-Plus (VPI+) grant that will cover the costs associated with operating the preschool program in the upcoming school year. A total of 36 students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones will be served by the program initially. A class for 18 students who live in the Apple Pie Ridge and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones will attend the program at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School. Another class for 18 students residing in the Redbud Run Elementary School attendance zone will attend the program at the Senseny Road School. There is no cost for students to attend the preschool program and Frederick County Public Schools will provide transportation to and from school for all program participants as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks each day. The program will operate according to the Frederick County Public Schools 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of classes will be August 16.

The preschool classes will utilize the VPI+ curriculum which is based on Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds. The standards cover literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, physical and motor development as well as personal and social development. Students will also participate in music, art, library and physical education programs. In addition to providing high-quality preschool experiences and activities to students, the program will provide focused outreach to families as well as individualized support for children with unique learning needs, including students with disabilities and English language learners.

Additional information is available on the Frederick County Public Schools’ website.