Spaces remain available in local pre-kindergarten classes for four year olds that meet state eligibility requirements and parents are being encouraged to apply for the open slots. Thanks mostly to a new collaborative effort sponsored by the Lucy Brock Child Development Center, we have more pre-kindergarten spaces this year than last year and not all of the spaces are filled yet, said Director of Elementary Education Tamara Stamey. We encourage parents of four year old children to apply with the Childrens Council right away if they would like their child to take advantage of the free, high-quality services provided through this program.
Under the states requirements, children must be four years old by or before August 31 and must meet at risk criteria such as low household income, possible developmental delays, or other factors to be eligible for the service. As part of the application process, parents need to provide verification of household income, a copy of the childs certified birth certificate, and two documents proving residence in Watauga County.
Several schools have openings for pre-kindergarten at this time, including spaces available in a classroom being added to the program this year at Valle Crucis School. Children do not have to reside in a schools attendance area to attend pre-kindergarten at that school. However, they must attend the school in their attendance area when they begin kindergarten the following year regardless of where they attended pre-kindergarten.
Parents can obtain an application on the parent links page of the WCS website or on request from the Childrens Council of Watauga County at 262-5424. All applications must be submitted in person to the Childrens Council in Boone at 225 Birch St, Suite 3. To find the application form online, go to www.watauga.k12.nc.us, choose the Parent Links heading, and then click on forms, menus & other WCS information.
The pre-kindergarten schedule is the same as for other classes in the Watauga County Schools and children in the program receive the same school bus service and meal services as other students. The WCS afterschool program is not able to serve pre-kindergarten children.