4-Year-Old Frequently Asked Questions

  • Must I provide income information?

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    All families must provide income verification documents along with one month of pay stubs.  The pay stubs must be submitted within one month of the application date.  

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  • Are the programs full-day or half-day?

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    The locations that have 4-year-old prekindergarten programs are full-day.

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  • How can I help my child be successful in prekindergarten? Toilet training?

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    Prekindergarten is a 5-day a week program. To have a successful prekindergarten experience, children need to attend school on a regular basis. Children should also be self-sufficient in the use of the bathroom. The teacher and instructional assistant are not responsible for helping children in the bathroom. Please purchase clothing your child can manage independently. Additional information is found here on toilet training. 

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  • How many students are in a 4-Year-Old Prekindergarten class?

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    There will be an average of 20 children in each class. The ratio of adults to children is 2 adults to 20 children. There will be a teacher and a teaching assistant in each class. 

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  • Is there a scheduled nap time during prekindergarten?

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    The structure of prekindergarten schedule does not include naptime. It is important for your child to get a good night's sleep and arrive to school on time. Students do engage in health and structured movement activities that incorporate problem-solving, teamwork and collaboration. These movement exercises prepare the brain to improve communication from one part of the brain to another and prepare the brain for new information. 

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  • May I apply at multiple prekindergarten sites?

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    4-year-old prekindergarten registration has catchment zones for enrollment. Please look here to see your catchment zone. If your child is accepted at a school that is not your designated home school, you will be required to provide transportation for your child to attend prekindergarten. 

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  • What are the components of the program?

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    Components include age-appropriate science, social studies, art, music, technology experiences with attention given to the whole-child, including their social, emotional, and physical/motor development.

     

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  • When are conferences held for prekindergarten?

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    The prekindergarten school year begins with parent/teacher conferences before the start of the school year. Conferences may also be held in early Fall, Winter and Spring conferences are held for all students in prekindergarten in May. 

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  • Will my child ride a bus to prekindergarten?

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    Your child would be eligible for bus transportation if he or she attends his or her designated homeschool for prekindergarten. Bus routes are used to determine assignments for morning or afternoon half-day sessions. If your child is a bus rider, you should receive a nametag for your child at parent/teacher conference. Make sure the bus number and bus stop are clearly written. For your child's safety, it is important that they wear the tag. This helps the bus driver ensure your child reaches the correct bus stop. We ask the parents/guardian to arrange for someone to meet the student at the bus stop each day. Bus information will be found on aacps.org. 

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