From Harford County Public Schools:
Adding to its existing half-day prekindergarten program, Harford County Public Schools is pleased to announce full-day prekindergarten opportunities for the 2017-18 school year for children who are 4 years old by September 1 and reside in the full-day program’s attendance area. Full-day prekindergarten is now available at the following schools:
– Deerfield Elementary,
– Magnolia Elementary, and
– William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary.
Parents/guardians interested in applying for the 2017-2018 school year should visit the school office during business hours as soon as possible to begin the process.
While attending the full-day program, four-year-olds will be immersed in learning experiences to help them develop and maintain the basic skills necessary for successful school performance.
The goal of the program is to provide appropriate activities that address the literacy, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of young children. The curriculum is theme-based, and all content areas are integrated throughout the program.
Teachers initiate and sustain communication with parents and guardians by sharing information specific to their child’s performance and progress in school, connecting home, school, and community in a collaborative environment to better meet the needs of the child.
The new full-day prekindergarten programs are funded through the Maryland State Department of Education Federal Prekindergarten Expansion Grant.
Who is eligible for Harford County Public School’s full-day and half-day prekindergarten programs according to the Maryland State Department of Education?
– The child must be 4 years old on or before September 1. (There is no early entrance for prekindergarten.)
– Automatic eligibility for a prekindergarten program will occur when a child meets the age of entry guidelines and is at least one of the following:
Is from an economically disadvantaged background (i.e., eligible for free or reduced price meal program as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture).
Is homeless or in foster care.
– Children who do not meet the automatic criteria for eligibility will be considered for enrollment based upon availability of space and prioritized criteria. As with automatic eligibility, children must first meet the age of entry guidelines. If space is available, parent/guardian letters for acceptance of students not meeting automatic criteria will be mailed mid to late August.
How do I find out if my child is eligible?
Applications are available now for the 2017-18 school year. Each year, applications for the coming school year will be made available in all elementary schools starting the first Friday of May. Complete the application and return it to a school that has a prekindergarten program. The school will notify you in writing before the start of the school year if your child will be enrolled in the program.
Harford Resident says
So when I and my peers were little kids in the 60’s, nobody went to pre-school and we all turned out just fine. Why now all this ressure to send kids to school at younger and younger ages?
Irish Stepper says
I think it has more to do with free child care. Otherwise, why would they prioritize enrollment by economically disadvantaged homes?
Harford Resident says
Right. Everybody that complains about not being able to “make it” on a single income, but those same people are driving gigantic pickup trucks and SUV’s, have 17 smart phones, 5 large screen TV’s, etc., etc. When I was a kid, my Mom was stay at home Mom, but we also lived very simply and didn’t have anywhere near the amount of “stuff” that families “need” today. Hence, today we need to provide free child care so that families can have all those so-called essential material possessions.
Ryan Burbey says
Pre-school has been proven to lead to improved outcomes for all children. Among economically disadvantaged students, it has an even more profound impact. Age of school attendance has increased over time. Thus, many of these pre-school children would have been kindergarten students in the past.
just a thought says
More of a product especially one where the methods and benefits are in debate doesn’t often yield improved outcomes. Maybe fixing the product first before offering more would be a better strategy going forward.
Starting them earlier for your left wing socialist endoctrination.
advice from your wingman says
Up until your post, the conversation was pointed but not yet down in the political feces. I appreciate the effort that the rest of you have made to be substantive but civil.Try to keep the blatant political BS out of it if possible.You’re probably just going to get about 20 posts calling other people’s posts – right wing knuckle dragging fascist views. Then, a bunch of the posts probably about Trump being unfit to hold the office of president and maybe posts about the bankrupt culture of the typical so called “Trumpanzees” of “Trumpworld” . All of that avalanche is so easily triggered by foolish and unwarranted characterizations of sensitive topics such as education and fellow dagger posters. However, if you choose to enter in to such an exchange that is your right constitutionally speaking. I am sure others are just waiting to exercise their 1st Amendment views in response.
Harford Resident says
“Pre-school has been proven to lead to improved outcomes for all children. Among economically disadvantaged students, it has an even more profound impact. Age of school attendance has increased over time. Thus, many of these pre-school children would have been kindergarten students in the past.”
I just went to a high school reunion, and many of my classmates attended. Very few, if any of us, attended pre-school. Among my classmates attending the reunion were doctors, lawyers, architects, civil servants, blue-collar craftsmen/women, etc. We’ve all had very sucessful careers and lives, without pre-school.
hodor for president says
Ah, yes… “proven” no doubt by exhaustive million dollar research by a bunch of dusty old education “experts” who’ve never had nor really even spoken to a child. There is certainly nothing self serving about critiquing your own efficacy and finding it exemplary.
Well, you certainly got us there.
What we can assume is that more jobs will open up followed by more newly hired people who end up hating their job because their pay isn’t very good, their supervisors are garbage, parents are garbage, and last but not least, their co workers are garbage too.
(See my post below)
Nothing but respect for teachers but it’s definitely one of the worst careers to get into in the modern day.
Do what’s best for you if you got the balls to dive in, dedicate yourself to move to another career
Harford County Public Child Care System. LOL
My wife got out of teaching, and got a job in Information Assurance. Total career/education switch, but it’s been worth it.
More money, less stress, better bosses, better co workers.
Get out while there is still lead left in your pencil. You’ll be glad you did.
So before the kids are old enough for school, let’s put them in school so they can learn how to go to school when they are old enough to go to school. Perfectly clear.
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Harford County Citizen says
What good is pre-school? My 5th. grader (going into 6th.) cannot even sign his name in cursive. Bring back old school learning. It worked for me. I am a business owner and employ several people. I make a great living without all the BS Lib “We HAVE to take care of everyone” mentality.
call them like you post them says
In your case probably none. No amount of education can fix what mother nature hasn’t provided.
Billy Bob says
I can’t believe you have a child going into the 6th grade who you have not taught how to sign their name using cursive.
Preschool has nothing to do with cursive. Public schools dropped cursive years ago so you have a whole generation coming up that cannot read any historical document that hasn’t been transcribed to print for them. Penmanship is ignored as well since in the future everyone will type or more likely just speak or think the words into print. A student told me that most of the kids in a recent drivers ed class actually printed their names then drew curvy lines to link the letters together for their “signature”. Simply writing your child’s name in cursive so they can mimic it may give them a “signature” but it’s not like you’ve taught them cursive.