Early Childhood Programs
Overview of Programs
Martha Fletcher, Director
500 N. Appleyard Dr.
Tallahassee, Fl. 32304
Phone: 850.922.2099 
Fax: 850.487.7614
   
  An Overview of Pre-K Programs in Leon County Schools
   
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
 

 

 

animated picture of a baby playing with blocksEarly Intervention
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.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • 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 district-wide Screenings.
  • 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 of screening:

  • 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.

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animated picture of a baby drawing  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.
 

Title I Schools

  • Brevard Elementary

  • 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 older children.

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animated picture of a baby reading Florida's Even Start Family Literacy
The Even 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 2000.

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.

Services Provided:

  • Home-Based and Center-Based Activities
    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 Services
    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.

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animated picture of a baby with a teddy bear Florida First Start
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 Centers.
  • 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.

Services Provided:

  • 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 play groups.
  • 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.

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animated picture of a baby playing with a paddle and ballExceptional Students
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:

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