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.

One thought on “RPS 205 expands prekindergarten program

  • June 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm
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    This REALLY irritates me. I have seen the results of these pre-K classes on both sides, et al, in the pre-K classrooms and in the kindergarten classes. The kids in pre-K are learning NOTHING!! They arrive to “school”, they have to be fed breakfast, then they are supposed to learn the the alphabet, days of the week, months of the year and how to count. The teachers play the songs but the kids are not listening as they are running around, crying, or fighting with other children. Teachers do NOT do anything to teach these kids. In the kindergarten classes, the pre-K kids are BEHIND the other kids. They don’t know the alphabet, counting, etc. They are disruptive children in the classrooms too as they have never been taught to SIT, LISTEN, and BEHAVE. It is appalling that our tax dollars are going into a program, which is now going to be expanded, where learning is NOT happening.
    Also, the parents of these pre-K kids do not consistently bring them to school, they bring them late, tired or RIGHT OUT OF BED. Why are my tax dollars being wasted like this???

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