Rockford Public Schools will offer more full-day seats this fall in its award-winning prekindergarten program. For the 2015-16 school year, RPS 205 will offer full-day programming to 240 students thanks, in part, to a $1.1 million federal Preschool Expansion Grant. Extended programming means students can receive a full day of instruction, intervention and support. Summerdale and Dennis Early Childhood Centers offered only half-day programming up to now. That will change in August. Full-day seats will continue to be available at Circles of Learning.
A total of 80 more full-day seats will be available next school year. In the 2014-15 school year, RPS 205 offered only 160 full-day seats.
RPS 205 offers Early Childhood programs for approximately 2,800 students. The expansion doesn’t include additional seats. Instead, half-day seats will become full-day seats so more intensive and comprehensive interventions can be delivered.
“The Preschool Expansion Grant provides us with additional resources to serve the highest need children in our community and prepare them for what’s next – a full-day kindergarten program and success in school,” said Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director of Early Childhood.
The application period began May 1 for families to enroll children for the 2015-16 school year. The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood dictates eligibility guidelines. To enroll in the full-day program, a child must:
- be 4 years old on Sept. 1, 2015 (and not be eligible for Kindergarten)
- qualify based on income (family/household at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level)
- live within RPS 205 boundaries
To apply for the full-day program, parents/guardians should visit the Early Childhood Screening and Placement Office, 2000 Christina St, or call 815-229-2103.
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