RPS 205 expands prekindergarten program

Staff Report

The Rockford Public Schools will offer more full-day seats this fall in its prekindergarten program.

This expansion to a total of 240 seats is thanks in part to a $1.1 million federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

Full-day seats will continue this fall at Circles of Learning and in August Summerdale and Dennis Early Childhood Centers which currently only offer half-day programming will increase to full-day.

A total of 80 additional full-day seats will be available next school year

“The Preschool Expansion Grant provides us with additional resources to serve the highest need children in our community and prepare them for what’s next – a full-day kindergarten program and success in school,” said Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director of Early Childhood.

The application period began May 1 for families to enroll children for the 2015-16 school year. The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood dictates eligibility guidelines; complete details are available on rps205.com.

To enroll in the full-day program, a child must be 4 years old on Sept. 1, 2015 (and not be eligible for kindergarten), qualify based on income (family/household at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level) and live within RPS 205 boundaries.

To apply for the full-day program, parents/guardians should visit the Early Childhood Screening and Placement Office, 2000 Christina St., or call 815-229-2103.

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