Jefferson County Public Schools Early Childhood
The Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Early Childhood Department offers a variety of programs for three- and four-year-old children. These programs are designed to prepare children socially, physically, emotionally, and educationally for elementary school. We offer full-day, half-day, and home-based program options. Some programs are free to income-eligible families while others are tuition-based. Early Childhood programs and services include: Head Start/Early Head Start, KERA PreKindergarten, Tuition-Based Preschool, and Early Childhood Special Services. Although programs differ in class schedules and program funding, all share a common curriculum and common goals. Weekly or bi-weekly themes emphasize meaningful early childhood activities. Ongoing student assessments are used to measure skill development and mastery. The Early Childhood curriculum supports the District’s vision for reading, writing, and mathematics. Home visits and parent conferences are an important part of all Early Childhood programs. The Early Childhood department serves approximately 5,400 students.
With an emphasis on parent involvement, all Early Childhood classes are designed to make the most of children’s early learning capabilities and to prepare children for Kindergarten (P1).
Federally funded, the Head Start Program serves children from low-income families who meet eligibility guidelines. Applicants must be three or four years old by October 1 of the program year. Full-day programs are offered five days a week.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start serves children from birth to 36 months and eligible pregnant women. Transportation is not provided. Parents must be working or enrolled in school or a training program to qualify.
Home-Based Head Start
Home-Based Head Start provides instruction for three- and four-year-olds. A teacher visits the child’s home weekly, bringing curriculum ideas to share with parents. Parents take an active role in their child’s education by partnering with the Home-Based instructor. Twice a month, the parents and children meet with others for socialization experiences in a typical classroom setting.
The KERA Pre-Kindergarten program is funded through the Kentucky Department of Education. Students must be four years of age by October l of the program year and meet eligibility guidelines. Half-day and full-day programs are offered Monday through Thursday, and transportation is available. Limited space may be available for children who are three years of age by October 1 of the program year.
The Tuition-Based Preschool program offers full day classes, Monday through Friday, for students three or four years of age by October 1 of the program year. Parents pay tuition for preschool services and must provide their own transportation. Before and after school child care, provided by the YMCA Child Care Enrichment Program (CEP), may be available at an additional cost. Space is limited and a registration fee is due at the time of application.
Date Modified 1/7/11