Important Info About Enrolling & Registering for New Students at Spark! Discovery Preschool for '20-'21

Important Info About Enrolling & Registering for New Students at Spark! Discovery Preschool for '20-'21

Dear New-to-Spark Families:  

DESCRIPTION OF PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMING OPTIONS:  

Our class schedules are: 
AM session: 8:30 - 11:10 am 
PM session: 12:25 - 3:05 pm
Full day preschool session:  8:30 am - 3:05 pm


Tuition-based Preschool: Tuition-based preschool opportunities are offered to include two, three, and four half-day options for both three and four year old students, depending on the schedule. All children must be toilet trained.  All classrooms are half-day mornings or afternoons.  Monthly program fees apply and are based on the half day sessions: 

  • Tues / Thurs AM:  $205 per month, for 3 year olds only by Oct 1, 2020
  • Mon / Wed / Fri AM:  $260 per month, for 3-4 year olds by Oct 1, 2020 
  • Mon - Thurs AM or Mon - Thurs PM:  $320 per month, for 3-4 year olds by Oct 1, 2020 
  • Mon - Thurs full day preschool:  $650 per month, for 4 year olds only by Oct 1, 2020 (very limited space, by lottery only -- see information below)

Full Day Preschool:  We have a small number of full day tuition-based placements in full day programming. Classes are held on Monday - Thursday from 8:30am - 3:05 pm. Students in this class must be 4 years old by Oct 1, 2020. All children must be fully toilet trained. A lottery for placement occurs annually. Students with special needs or who are participating in screening/evaluation through Child Find are not eligible for full day programming, as the class is designed for CPP and tuition-based students who are transitioning to kindergarten the following year.  Interested??? Read more here >>>

Colorado Preschool Program (CPP): CPP is a state-funded, free program for eligible children identified with certain qualifiers. To qualify for this program, families are required to attend a 60-minute screening with staff from the SVVSD Early Childhood CPP office.   Children qualifying for CPP are required to attend four half-days per week and maintain excellent attendance.  All children must be toilet trained. All students enrolled in CPP must be age 4 on or before Oct 1, 2020. Classes are Mon - Thurs AM, Mon - Thurs PM, or Mon - Thurs full day.  A number of CPP students will qualify for full day programming, and this is by invitation only and requires SVVSD placement by the Early Childhood Office.  As staff in the office at Spark! Discovery Preschool are not delegated to conduct screenings, determine placement or qualification, or to speak to the timing of a family's CPP application, the best contact for CPP applications is at the SVVSD Early Childhood office at 303-702-7815.  

Scholarship-based preschool program:  Scholarships, funded by St. Vrain Valley Schools, offers programming for children who are 3 years old by Oct 1, 2020, as funding is available for eligible and qualifying families. Schedules vary. All children must be toilet trained. As staff in the office at Spark! Discovery Preschool are not delegated to conduct screenings, determine placement or qualification, or to speak to the timing of a family's Scholarship application, the best contact for  applications is at the SVVSD Early Childhood office at 303-702-7815.  

Special Education preschool program: Any preschooler who has been evaluated, deemed eligible, and qualified for special education services will be placed by the school district, not by the school.  Schedules vary. More information will be sent to families by the special education and early childhood departments later in the spring.  

PROCESS INFORMATION:  There are three steps in the process: 

STEP 1) parents APPLY and REGISTER

STEP 2) the school processes the application/registration and it is ACCEPTED or DENIED

STEP 3) parents COMPLETE ENROLLMENT.

The application period begins on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 7:00 am through January 17, 2020. The following students will have preferential placement:  children who attended school at Spark! during the '19-'20 school year, children with parents who work in SVVSD, children who are adding a sibling who will also be enrolled at Spark! Discovery Preschool during the '20-'21 school year, and new-to-Spark families.  While applications and registrations will be taken after those dates, the best chances of getting the schedule families most desire occurs during the first day or two of this window, as applications for new students are accepted in a first-come, first-serve fashion.  

STEP #1: APPLY/REGISTER FOR NEXT YEAR:  Between Jan 6 and Jan 17, all families applying for tuition-based, Colorado Preschool Program (CPP), or Scholarship for the '20-'21 school year must go online and fill out an electronic application and registration for the type of program for which they are applying (see below for a program description).   All families are required to complete an online application/registrationwith the exception of parents of children with special needs (ie. those children in special education with an Individual Education Plan (IEP)). As in the past, parents of children with special needs will receive information about next steps from the special education and early childhood departments.  

As soon as we have the link to apply and enroll, we will post the link on our website, district website, and social media.  The link will be live beginning Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:00 am. 

STEP #2: APPLICATION/REGISTRATION ACCEPTED / DENIED: After the application period is over, the application will be approved or denied by the school and families will receive notification.  Tuition-based families will receive information via a letter in the US Mail after January 27, 2020.  CPP and Scholarship applications will be sent to the early childhood department office and this department will contact parents and families to conduct screenings. 

STEP #3: COMPLETE ENROLLMENT:  After being accepted, families need to complete their enrollment. 
1) Deposit: For families who are accepted through our tuition-based program, a $65 non-refundable deposit for the 2020-2021 school year will be required.  The deposit is needed to hold a child's placement. We accept checks or exact cash at our front office. CPP, Scholarship, and Special education applications/registrations never pay a deposit.
2) Parents should expect to upload the following documents during online enrollment process: Immunizations, Birth Certificate, and Proof of Residency (water bill, electric bill, etc.).  If computer/ scanner access is an issue, families can come to the school, where our Registrar / Attendance Clerk, Vicky Arriaga can make a copy and upload these documents to complete the paperwork process.
3) A General Health Appraisal form and annual paperwork required each year will be updated in August 2020 with each family at our orientation sessions, prior to having children start school.

UNIVERSAL SCREENINGS: All newly accepted preschool students will receive a developmental screening. If a child has already been attending the school and had a screening, they will not need to do this again. The school's office staff will contact families between February and August to schedule an appointment.  Children who qualify for special education do not take this screening.

WRAP AROUND CHILDCARE Childcare is a licensed program, located at Spark! Discovery Preschool, which offers extended-day care and opportunities for enrichment for families and children in two of our classrooms for children who are ages 3 to 5. Childcare requires separate tuition, separate enrollment paperwork, a separate deposit, and is a different program than preschool. Childcare assistance, called the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) is also available, and provides assistance for qualifying families.  Summer of 2020 childcare programming is also available. Parents should consult with Alicia Sheahan-Hall, Community Schools Manager, regarding continued enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year by calling 720-652-7908 or at sheahanhall_alicia@svvsd.org.  Childcare enrollment for next school year opens on February 3, 2020, using the online system. Summer 2020 program enrollment begins on February 20, 2020, for students already enrolled in childcare, and opens to the public/new students on February 17, 2020.   Because of schedule construction at our location, for summer programming only, we believe the program will be hosted at another SVVSD school location.

More questions can be answered by reviewing this Frequently Asked Questions page.  Please call our school at 720-652-7906, and ask for Vicky Arriaga, registrar/attendance clerk, if you have any questions about registration and enrollment for preschool for next school year! To get a feel for what our school is about, check out our Facebook page here >>>.

 

With respect - Paige Gordon, Principal

Paige Gordon,   gordon_paige@svvsd.org 
School: 720-652-7906; Fax: 720-652-7910
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