|The Early Intervention
Pre-kindergarten Program is operated through Leon County District Schools, and
is funded by to Florida Legislature. The program is not available at all elementary schools, but was
located in 23 schools and 7 community sites in 2000-2001. Students must be four
years old by September 1st and meet the guidelines to qualify. Parents must be working or in the
WAGES program. The children follow the school calendar, attend during regular
school hours, and ride the school bus with the older children. It is necessary for a responsible adult to be present to assist the
child when boarding the bus in the morning and to meet the child coming off the bus after school.
- Meet the free lunch guidelines
- Child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2000
- One adult in the household must be working OR enrolled in the WAGES Program
- Applications for enrollment are taken at
Appointments for screening may be
made by phone.
Children will not be screened without the necessary papers.
The following must be presented at the time
- The child to be enrolled in Pre-K program
- Child's CERTIFIED birth certificate
- Proof of residence (current utility bill, lease agreement, etc., with parent's name, address and date)
- Proof of income: the most current consecutive pay check stubs for each person in the household who is working. If paid monthly we need 2 pay check stubs; every two weeks - we need 3 pay check stubs; every week we need 6 pay check stubs; and proof of any additional income (Temporary Cash Assistance letter, Food Stamp certification letter, SSI letter, child support letter, etc.)
- Proof of enrollment in the WAGES Program (if not employed).
CALL 922-2099 for more information or for an appointment.
Title I - School Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program
|The School Funded Pre-K Program (Title I) is operated through Leon County District Schools and is
state and federally funded. The program is available at Title I
Schools but remember the number of children varies and there is
usually not room to serve all the children that apply. Students must
be 4 years old by September 1st and must live in the school
zone to qualify. The children follow the school calendar, attend the
regular school hours and can ride the bus with the older children.
Oak Ridge Elementary
- Pineview Elementary
- Sabal Palm Elementary
Enrollment in this
program is based on class size, and there is usually not room to serve all the children who apply.
Students must be four years old by September 1st and must live in the school zone to qualify. The
children follow the school calendar, attend during regular school hours, and can ride a school bus with
Florida's Even Start
Start Family Literacy Program is to help break the cycle of poverty
and illiteracy by improving the education al opportunities of the
State's low-income families by integrating early childhood education,
adult basic education and parenting education into a unified family
literacy program, that is implemented through cooperative projects
that build on existing community resources to create a new range of
services, that promotes achievement of Goals 1, 7 and 8 of Blueprint
Who is eligible?
- A parent or parents who are
eligible for participation in an adult basic education program
under the Adult Education Act.
- The child or children, from
birth through age seven, of any individual described above.
- A Teen parent or parents who
are within the compulsory school attendance age range, so long as
the school district provides (or ensures the availability of) the
basic education component.
- Home-Based and
Home-based programs provide greater opportunity to tailor services
to individual family needs in a more informal setting.
Center-based activities offer experiences in social and cognitive
stimulation and support.
- Early Childhood Education
Joint parent/child activities will involve child development
activities for children to do with their parents such as reading,
storytelling, art activities, music, snack preparation and field
trips. Family educators will work closely with school teachers,
resource staff and social workers to enhance continuity between
the child's formal education and home practices.
- Continuous Year-Round
These include parenting education, early childhood education and
adult literacy training activities. A resource library will offer
books, videos, tapes, learning games and other materials for
parents to borrow.
- Parent Education
Individualized on-going parent education will be provided during
home visits by Family Educators. Discussions, materials,
review/readings and modeling of appropriate practices are a
regular part of each home visit. Parenting courses/programs,
workshops on parenting issues and child development and rap
sessions will also be conducted by Family Educators.
- Adult Literacy Training
the adult literacy training will reflect elements of the Kenan
model which treats the family as a unit instead of serving
individuals. Activities are designed for parent and child to do
together which builds skills and relationships. Parents must be 16
years of age or older and beyond compulsory attendance; not
enrolled in a secondary school; lack sufficient mastery of basic
educational skills to enable them to function effectively or lack
a certificate of graduation or the equivalent.
|The Florida First Start Program
is a home-school partnership designed to give children at risk of
future school failure the best possible start in life and to support
parents in their role as their children's first teachers. Emphasis is
on enabling families to enhance their children's intellectual,
physical, language and social development by involving parents in
their children's education during the critical first three years of
life. Through early parent education and support services, the program
lays the foundation for later learning and future school success,
while fostering effective parent/school relationships.
Who is eligible?
- Children from birth to three
years of age who have a disability or at risk of future school
failure and their families.
- Families reside in the
neighborhood served by the Florida First Start Parent Resource
- Eligible children may be
served up to four years of age if not enrolled in a full-time
preschool program at the age of three.
- Home Visits
Trained parent educators visit each family's home at least
monthly, providing information on stages of intellectual, physical
language and social development. Hands-on activities and
individualized lesson plans to stimulate development are shared
with parents. Information and guidance are offered on nutrition,
effective discipline, home safety, constructive plan and other
topics. Developmentally appropriate materials are selected for use
during each visit and as an ongoing source of information to
encourage parent/child interaction between visits.
- Developmental Assessments
& Health Screenings
Developmental assessments are conducted at six-month intervals
to evaluate overall progress within the six areas: intellectual,
fine motor, gross motor, expressive language, social/emotional and
self-help skills. Children identified as having possible
developmental difficulties are referred to school-based programs
and/or community agencies for evaluation. Health screenings are
conducted annually. Children requiring further follow-up and/or
treatment are referred to appropriate resources as needed.
- Parent Group Meetings
Group meetings are designed to complement monthly home visits by
providing parents the opportunity to share common concerns and
experiences. A variety of topics on child development and
parenting are presented. Children participate in opportunities for
socialization and structured play activities during the meetings.
- Parent Resource Center
Parents and their children may visit the resource center to use
toys, manipulatives, educational materials, children's books and
to interact with other Florida First Start families. The center's
lending library loans toys and educational materials, in addition
to books on parenting and child development, free of charge.
Parents may also take advantage of weekly organized parent-child
- Support Services
Center-based staff provide supportive services to participating
families in need of special assistance. Information and guidance
are available to parents to facilitate access to and utilization
of needed community resources.
|The Exceptional Student Education
Pre-kindergarten Program is operated through Leon County District Schools and is state and federally funded. The program serves children birth through 5 years of age who
have special needs. Programs are located in most of the elementary schools and in some community
childcare centers. The students in this program must meet eligibility requirements set by Special
Programs and Procedures through the Leon County Schools Exceptional Student Education Department.
Additional program information regarding ESE Pre-K programs is included on the following pages: