Who May Attend?
The program is available for FREE to 3 and 4 year old children exhibiting a state-recognized disability or delay and also for 4 year old children (4 by Aug. 1st) whose household income is at or below 160% of the federal poverty level. Tuition spots are open only if they are available.
What Is a Developmental Delay?
We give preschool children a short test called a screening to see if they are behind in any area of speech, language, motor, cognitive, self-help skills or behavior. A delay in any of these areas may make your child eligible to attend preschool at no charge to the family.
How Will My Child Get to Preschool?
Morning preschool students may ride the bus to school and the parents provide transportation home. Students who attend preschool for the afternoon session must be transported to school and may ride the bus home from school. If a preschooler uses the district's school age childcare program (SACC) in addition to preschool, transportation to and from school on the bus may be utilized Monday-Thursday. Since there is no preschool on Fridays, SACC preschool attendees on Friday must have family transportation to and from SACC.
What Will My Child Do at Preschool?
Our preschool program is developmentally appropriate. This means the children are provided with a rich environment of materials and activities. The curriculum is a balance of structured activities and activities of the child's choice. Children also listen to stories, play outside, and go on interesting and fun field trips.
Why is it Important for My Child to Go to Preschool?
Research shows that children who attend good preschools are much more successful in school and in life. They are less likely to drop out or get in trouble as teenagers. A good preschool sets the stage for a better experience all through school.
Where Is Preschool Located?
Preschool classes are held at both Owingsville Elementary And Crossroads Elementary. Enrollment is determined by the family's address. Both morning and afternoon sessions are available. Preschool classes last 3 hours each day. The morning session students eat breakfast and the afternoon session students eat lunch at school. Preschool classes are held four days (Monday-Thursday) each week. Fridays are used for parent/teacher meetings, teacher planning, and home visits.
What Meals are Available?
Children are provided with a well-balanced meal every day, either breakfast (for a.m. students) or lunch (for p.m. students). We feel that mealtime is also a time for learning. Parents are welcome to have meals with their children. Meals are provided at no cost to students.
Why Does Preschool Include Home Visits? What Happens at a Home Visit?
Preschool teachers are required to make at least two home visits to each child in their class. On home visits, the teacher gets to meet and see the child in the home environment. Teachers can discuss the child and the preschool program with the parents. More importantly the children see the teacher come into their homes. The children are able to meet each teacher and talk to her in their own homes where they feel safe and comfortable. This helps the children to know that they are important and school is important. Parent involvement is an essential component of the preschool program. Teachers want to develop a good relationship with each parent as well as with each child.
What if I Work?
Bath County Schools has a childcare center located at each elementary campus which your child can attend before and/or after preschool. For more information call the SACC director Ms. Willie Mae Jones at 606-674-2722. .
What are the School's Health Regulations?
All students should be up to date on immunizations and are to have Physical Examination forms and Immunization forms on file at the school. These forms must be signed by a physician or Health Department staff member. To maintain a healthy preschool environment, the staff requires that children who are sick stay at home. Children are sick if they have a fever of 100 degrees or more, are vomiting, have diarrhea, unidentified rashes or other illnesses which can be transmitted to the other children in the classroom. If children become sick at school, parents will be notified immediately so arrangements may be made to seek appropriate care. In case of a medical emergency of any kind involving the administration of first aid of any kind by the school nurse, the building principal and parents shall be notified so that further decisions can be made.
What Other Forms are Required?
Prior to admission, each child must have on file with the school a Registration form, School Lunch form, certified copy of his/her birth certificate, recent physical, and current immunizations. Children will be required to have an eye examination completed.
When Bath County Schools are closed or on a two- hour delay the Preschool program will be closed. When Bath County Schools are on a one-hour delay there will be no morning preschool and afternoon preschool will operate on regular schedule.