Enroll for Preschool

Enrollment for Childcare is a separate process -- here

Tuition

Schedules:

  • 2, 3 or 4 half-day programs available
  • Half day mornings or afternoons from 8:30 am - 11:10 am OR 12:25 pm - 3:05 pm

Eligibility:

Child must be 3 or 4 by October 1st of the year attending.

Costs for '17-'18 school year are:

  • $185/ month – 2 days/week (Tuesday / Thursday AM)
  • $235/ month – 3 days/week (Monday / Wednesday / Friday AM)
  • $290/ month – 4 days/week (Mon - Thursday AM or Mon - Thursday PM)

Application Fee:

$65.00, non-refundable

Enrollment:

Applications for the following school year are accepted starting the first week in January. They are also accepted throughout the year, for children who have turned age 3 by October 1 at the beginning of the school year.  Families must live within our school's boundaries to attend Spark; find out if you live in the boundary here.

Transportation:

Parents are responsible for transporting preschoolers. Some children with special needs are eligible for transportation with the school district.

District's Webpage

Scholarships

Children in St. Vrain Valley Schools, who are not yet 4 years old, may be eligible for a Scholarship.  This is a result of a successful Mill-Levy Override Election, so it is funded by the school district.  Children who qualify for a scholarship may be eligbile for 2 or 3 half-days of preschool a week.  Children who are 4 years old (by Oct. 1), who may qualify for a Scholarship should apply for CPP instead (see below).  Call or visit Spark! Discovery Preschool to get an application.

Is there a screening for a Scholarship, like there is with CPP?

No screening is needed, unlike CPP.

How long does it take before I know if my child qualifies for a Scholarship?

After we receive the Scholarship application, we submit it to the district's CPP office. It typically will take 1-2 weeks for the CPP office staff to review the application and notify the parents.

How will I be notified if my child is approved for the Scholarship?

You will receive an acceptance letter in the mail.

Focus:

Serves at-risk children

Schedules:

  • 2 and 3 half-day program only
  • Half-day mornings or afternoons

Tuition:

Free, district funded.

Enrollment:

  • Applications accepted throughout the year

Transportation:

None for district programs

Colorado Preschool Program

The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) is a state-funded program, which supports at-risk children, who are age 4, with free preschool programming for four half-days per week.  Children and families who qualify are expected to maintain attendance rates of 90% or higher, and the school monitors this in an on-going manner. Parents are responsible for transporting the child to and from school. CPP applications can be picked up, filled out, and returned to our school's office. We will then forward the application to the school district's CPP office. When the CPP Office receives the CPP application from our school, screening appointments will be scheduled by phone or in person by the CPP office personnel.

How long does the screening take and what do I need to bring with me?  

  • Screening lasts approximately 30-45 minutes
  • Parents are to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a parent questionnaire
  • Child must be accompanied by the parent applying for preschool and be present during the screening
  • Required: Birth Certificate, proof of residency, and immunization records

How will I be notified if my child is approved for the Colorado Preschool Program?

Parents will receive an acceptance letter in the mail from the CPP office.  At this point, parents, if a child is accepted, should come to the school to complete and finalize enrollment. 

Can I apply for a preschool outside of my attendance area?

Yes, although preference is given to applicants within the school’s attendance/residence area.o

How can I get a hold of the CPP office? 

District's CPP webpage

CPP Office: 303-702-7815

Focus:

Serves at-risk children

Schedules:

  • 4 day program only
  • Half day mornings or afternoons

Eligibility Factors – including, but not limited to:

  • Child must be 4 on or before October 1st
  • Free or reduced lunch qualified
  • Limited English or poor language skills
  • Poor social skills
  • Other eligibility factors may apply

Special Education

Whom do I contact if I have concerns about my child’s development?

Call Karen Manning at Child Find (303-772-6649) to schedule a screening.

District's Childfind information

At what age are children eligible to receive services in Special Education?

The District is required to provide Special Education to eligible children when a child reaches their 3rd birthday.

If a child qualifies for Special Education and a preschool program is recommended, is the child guaranteed a placement in the school of attendance/residency?

No, the District must provide a Free Appropriate Public Education that meets the individualized needs of the child and sometimes this means attending an appropriate preschool outside of the attendance area. The District has a limited number of preschool programs therefore, the attendance/residency area program may be full when the child is identified for special education. In this case, another program would be recommended.

Programs & Services:

  • Must be 3 years of age
  • 2, 3 or 4 day programs available
  • Half day mornings or afternoons

Identification & Eligibility:

  • Eligibility is determined by Child Find at district Student Services
  • To schedule a screening appointment call 303-772-6649

Tuition:

No charge to parents for eligible programs and services

Enrollment:

At school site, after eligibility and placement is determined by Child Find staff

District's webpage

Frequently Asked Questions—FAQ—Enrollment and Registration

How old does my child need to be to attend preschool?

·       3-year-old program:  Children must be 3 years old on or before October 1 of that school year.  Children must be toilet trained*.  Children not 3 years old before this date must wait an additional year for enrollment in SVVSD preschool programs.

·       4-year-old program:  Children must be 4 years old on or before October 1 of that school year.  Children must be toilet trained*. 

*Exception: Children with special needs toileting issues are handled in a case-by-case manner.

What paperwork is required to complete enrollment?

·       The enrollment packet is required and includes many vital pieces of information. 

·       A copy of your child’s Birth Certificate

·       Proof of residency (such as a water bill, electricity bill, etc.) to show where you live.

·       Your child’s Immunization records – due by the first day of school.

·       A “Health Appraisal Form” from a doctor stating your child is healthy enough to attend preschool—this is due by 30 days after the start of school

·       Language Survey

·       Student Health Form

·      Additional forms required by licensing

Does the school district provide transportation for preschool?  The school district does not provide transportation for preschool programs unless it is determined to be a related service for children with disabilities and is addressed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or special education administrative placement.

Do preschool staff members participate in Late Start once a month on Wednesdays, like the K-12 schools?  Our preschool staff members do not participate in Late Start; we host preschool on these days.

What is the schedule?

AM session:  8:30-11:10 am

PM session:  12:25-3:05 pm

What is the process for enrollment for tuition-based families? Applications are being accepted Jan. 2-17, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year, with enrollment continuing after this window. At the end of January, tuition-based families will be notified of acceptance. By Friday, 2-24-17, families paying tuition must have completed enrollment forms, along with the $65 application fee. 

What is the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)? This is a state-funded program, which offers free preschool for eligible children.  Children must be 4 years old on or before Oct. 1st and must possess certain risk factors.  Children must attend a 4 half-day program, either AM or PM, and maintain good attendance patterns.  Families must submit paperwork, which we forward to the CPP office at Student Services in Longmont.  The CPP Office (303-702-7815) will schedule a 1-hour screening appointment, where a parent and the child must be present.  The CPP Office, not Spark! Discovery Preschool, makes determination as to eligibility and placement in AM or PM programs. The AM CPP placements fill up first; when they do, it may mean that there are only PM placements left. These are considered in first-come, first-serve order.

What is the process for enrollment for CPP?  CPP Applications are being accepted Jan. 2-17, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year and will continue to be accepted after that, as long as space is available for the program. This requires several pages of information from parents—the CPP application and the Tuition Assistance forms.  A team of screening personnel from the CPP Office will be scheduling a full day of screening appointments for CPP families at the end of February.  After screening, the CPP Office staff will notify the family and the school of their placement. Spark! Discovery Preschool does not determine the timing of this notification.  After acceptance into the CPP program, parents must come to the school to complete Enrollment paperwork prior to starting preschool. Any CPP Applications received from families after the full day of screening February will be contacted by the CPP office to schedule a screening appointment.

When my child qualifies for CPP, what is required?  Parents of children who qualify for CPP are required to meet with the preschool teacher to develop educational goals and activities for the child’s Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) and to discuss the child’s progress.  Parents must participate in teacher home visits and/or family conferences.  Parents will notify the preschool teacher of changes in address, phone number, and emergency information. Parents must participate in family involvement opportunities and will ensure that the child will arrive and leave at the time indicated in the preschool schedule and will ensure regular attendance.  If a child is not in attendance at school, his CPP placement may be in jeopardy.

Are there Scholarships for children? Based on the 2011 successful Mill Levy vote of the St. Vrain Valley School District community, scholarships are now available for children who are 3 years old based on income.  If a child is 4 years old, and a family is need of a scholarship, we suggest an application for CPP, described above.  If a child is 3 years old, and a family is need of a scholarship, we would suggest a Scholarship application. Three-year-old children accepted for scholarships are usually placed in a 2-day (T/Th) or 3-day (M/W/F) schedule.

What is the process for enrollment for Scholarships? Scholarship Applications are being accepted Jan. 2-17, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year and will continue to be accepted as space is available. This requires several pages of information from parents.  Personnel from the CPP Office will review the information provided by parents.   After reviewing this information, the CPP Office staff will notify the family and the school of their placement. Spark! Discovery Preschool does not determine the timing of this notification. After acceptance into the program with a Scholarship, parents must come to the school to complete enrollment paperwork prior to starting preschool.

What is the process for enrollment for children with special needs? All preschools in our school district work with our school district’s Special Education Department (specifically Child Find) in the screening, assessment, identification, and programming for children with a variety of disabilities.  If a child qualifies for Special Education Services, Child Find staff work with parents to determine appropriate programming and services for each child. During the 2016-17 school year we opened a Child Find office at Spark! Discovery Preschool to serve the families of the Carbon Valley area.  Eligible children must be served by age 3; therefore, they may be enrolled throughout the school year at their 3rd birthday.  These programs, as required by federal and state law, are offered free to families of children who qualify.  If you are concerned about your child’s development, please call the Child Find office at 303-772-6649 to request a screening.

Do you have classes just for 3 year olds?   Yes—our classes reserved exclusively for 3 year olds are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  However, a common misconception is that three year olds can only attend those classes.  Many 3 year olds attend our three half-day programs (M/W/F) and our four half-day programs (M-Th AM or M-Th PM). We also observe that 3 year olds with older peer models thrive in mixed age classes. 

How come you do not have classes reserved for only 4 year olds? We are unique in that we reserve spots in each class for types of enrollment to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners in our community.  In each class of preschool in our school district there are children of different ages, children whose families pay tuition, children with special needs, and children qualifying for Scholarships and/or CPP (Colorado Preschool Program). This means our M/W/F, Mon-Thurs AM, and Mon-Thurs PM classes have some three year olds and four year olds.

My child is 3 years old—what class should I enroll them in? Many parents start their 3-year-old children in the 2 half-day program (T/ Th) thinking that their 3-year-old will not adjust to the schedule.  If your child is well adapted to different settings, you may find that we’ve underestimated their ability to handle a 3 half-day program (M/W/F) or the four half-day programs (M-Th AM or M-Th PM)..  Only parents, as a child’s first teacher, can be the judge of a child’s ability to be ready for a 2, 3, or 4-day program.

What happens if my child has a toileting accident? We encourage all families to work on toileting prior to enrollment.  We realize that a child may have an occasional accident.  We request that all children have a labeled bag of labeled replacement clothes in their backpack at all times (shirt, pants, underpants, and socks) that are changed out with the seasons in case of an accident.

How much is tuition? Tuition rates for 2017-2018 school year are going to be determined by the school district.   

Why do I need to pay a deposit? Only those in a tuition-based program pay a deposit.  This is because space is limited, and a deposit will hold a child’s placement.

What payment options are there for tuition-based families? Families can pay tuition each month with cash, check, or money order at the front office.  There are also electronic payment options for families wanting to take advantage of this each month. Once enrollment is secured, families can access our payment portal through the Revtrak system.

Why is there no tuition payment due in August? Tuition for the 10 months (August – May) is divided into 9 payments, starting September 1. This is in order to offset the two shorter months of November and December. These 9 payments are the same each month.

When is tuition due?  What happens if tuition is paid late? Tuition is due the first day of each month and is considered late on the 5th.  A late fee will be assessed if tuition is not received by the 5th of each month.  If the tuition payment and late fee are not paid by the last school day of each month, the child may not continue to attend the program until the account is paid in full. 

What if I need to withdrawal my child during the school year? A two-week notice is required to withdraw a child from preschool. For tuition-based families, tuition will be charged for those 10 days.

Can I get a tuition refund due to absences such as illness and vacation? No refunds are given for a child’s absence due to illness or vacation.  We encourage you to schedule vacations for non-school days, as we have a goal for each child to be present at preschool 95% of the time. 

Can I get a tax deduction for paying preschool tuition? Yes, and our St. Vrain Tax ID number is 84-6014380.  Also, receipts are available upon request. If you pay electronically, you can print off receipts.

I have another child already enrolled at Spark.  Will I have difficulty getting my younger child in?  Siblings are treated with priority, so as to keep families together at Spark.  Please note it on your application, along with scheduling priorities.

Do I have to live in the Firestone, Frederick, or Dacono feeder area to have my child attend? Preference is given to families within the Frederick High School feeder area.  The next preference is given to families living inside the St. Vrain Valley boundaries, but outside of the Frederick feeder.  We often serve families in the St. Vrain Valley School District from Mead, Erie, and east Longmont. Find out if you live in the boundaries here

When will I know who my child’s teacher will be? Because educators make professional decisions and choices during the hiring season in late spring and early summer, our goal would be to have class placement information out to parents in early June after school has ended.