Frequently Asked Questions about the Pre-Kindergarten Program (Pre-K)
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 1.  How many children and staff are in a Pre-K classroom?

 2.  Tell me about the Pre-K staff.

 3.  What will my child learn in the Pre-K Program?

 4.  How is the progress of Pre-K students shared with families?

 5.  What is the school schedule for the Pre-K students?

 6.  What schools offer Pre-K classes?

 7.  How do I apply for the Pre-K Program?

 8.  What is the deadline for applying for the Pre-K Program?

 9.  How old does my child need to be to enroll in the Pre-K Program?

10.  Is there early enrollment for the Pre-K Program?

11.  Can my child attend the Pre-K Program if I live outside the Saint Paul Public School district?

12.  What type of transportation is available for children in the Pre-K Program?

13.  Will my child be accepted for kindergarten in the same school they attend Pre-K?

 

1.  How many children and staff are in a Pre-K classroom?

Up to 20 students are enrolled in each class with a licensed teacher and one or more assistants.

2.  Tell me about the Pre-K staff.

Pre-K teachers hold a current State of Minnesota Birth to Third Grade or Early Childhood teaching license with experience teaching 4-year-olds from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.  Pre-K assistants are highly qualified with two or more years of post high school education; some classroom assistants are bilingual.  Classroom staff receive support from literacy coaches, parent educators, a family connection worker and clerical staff located at Homecroft Early Learning Center.  Minnesota Reading Corps members may be present in the classroom to support children's literacy skill development.

3.  What will my child learn in the Pre-K Program?

The instructional framework used in all Pre-K classrooms in Saint Paul is called “Early Childhood Workshop.”
This framework focuses on teaching children to:
     develop reading, writing and math skills.
     see themselves as capable learners.
     work together with other children and adults.

4.  How is the progress of Pre-K students shared with families?

At conference time in the fall and spring, teachers use a Progress Report ( Español ) to share students' school growth with families.  Families are encouraged to talk to the teachers whenever they have questions or concerns about their children's school experience.

5.  What is the school schedule for Pre-K students?

Classes follow the district calendar and are held five days a week for 2.5 to 3 hours in the morning or the afternoon.
Start times vary for each Saint Paul Public School location.
There is no school for Pre-K students on district Early Release days.

6.  What schools offer Pre-K classes?

Visit Pre-Kindergarten Schools for a list of current schools.

7.  How do I apply for the Pre-K Program?

Visit Apply for Pre-Kindergarten for complete information.

8.  What is the deadline for applying for the Pre-K Program?

The Pre-K application deadline varies slightly each school year.
Check with our Student Placement Center for the current application deadline.
However, students may be accepted throughout the year if openings are available.

9.  How old does my child need to be to enroll for the Pre-K Program?

Your child must be 4 years old by September 1 of the current school year to enroll in the Pre-K program.
Children who are 5 years old by September 1 of the current school year are not eligible for Pre-K because they are Kindergarten eligible.

10.  Is there early enrollment for the Pre-K Program?

There is no early enrollment for the Pre-K Program.  Children younger than 4 years by September 1 of the current school year will not be eligible to attend the Pre-K Program.

11.  If I live outside the Saint Paul Public School district, can my child attend the Pre-K Program?

Families must be residents of Saint Paul to participate and be accepted in the program.
Use of daycare, work, or relatives' addresses is not acceptable.  Proof of address will be required.
Families must continue to live in Saint Paul while their child attends Pre-K.

12.  What type of transportation is available for children in the Pre-K Program?

School bus transportation is provided on the K-6 or Early Childhood Special Education buses where available.
Call the school you are considering to find out if your student is eligible for transportation based on where you live.

For bus safety information visit the SPPS Transportation site, Back to School Bus Safety Tips.  ( Español, Hmoob, Soomaali ).

13.  Will my child be accepted for Kindergarten in the same school they attend Pre-K?

(Students are generally most successful if they remain at the same school for all offered grades.)
Yes, your child will automatically be accepted into Kindergarten for the next school year at the elementary school they attend Pre-K.  Contact your school office for more information on this process.  Contact the Student Placement Center about district changes that may affect Kindergarten beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

If circumstances arise which require consideration of a change in placement, families should contact the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.