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Half-day preschool
Columbia River preschool
Evening preschool

Half-day preschool

A free program for children living near specific VPS schools

What: A half-day program three days per week. The program provides activities to increase skills needed for school and get ready for kindergarten.

Who: Children who are 4-years-old. There is a 14 student limit for each session. Children must live in the boundary of a Title 1 designated school (see list).

When: Wednesdays through Fridays, morning or afternoon sessions. Note: The number of students who apply will determine final program options.

  • Mornings: 8:45 a.m.–11:10 a.m.
  • Afternoons: 12:10 p.m.–2:35 p.m.

Other details:

  • Snack of juice and crackers are provided.
  • Full-year commitment is essential to the success of the program.
  • Transportation will be provided to homeless preschool students who are enrolled in a VPS preschool program.

Application process

  1. Complete and submit an application for your child. Applications are available to students residing in the boundaries of designated Title 1 elementary schools. You may pick up an application at the listed Title 1 schools*.
    *Please note that the Title 1 status of a specific school could change for the following school year.
  2. Applications must be submitted to any Title I designated school office by 3 p.m. on the due date. Applications received after this date and time will be added to a wait list.
  3. If there are more than 28 applicants, eligible students will be selected through a tiered lottery process. The lottery will consist of the following two tiers:
    Lottery #1: Eligible students residing within the boundaries of King Elementary School.
    Lottery #2: Eligible students residing within the boundaries of other Title I elementary schools.
    A lottery drawing will occur at 3:30 p.m. on May 25, 2018, at King Elementary School. All applicants will be notified of the lottery drawing outcome. Those students not selected through the lottery drawing will be notified and placed on a waiting list. Those on the waiting list will be contacted if and when space opens up in the program.

Contact

Kelly MainkaEarly learning specialist
360-313-1020

Application dates

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Title 1 elementary schools

  • Anderson
  • Fruit Valley
  • Harney
  • Hazel Dell
  • Hough
  • King
  • Lincoln
  • Marshall
  • Minnehaha
  • Ogden
  • Roosevelt
  • Sacajawea
  • Truman
  • Walnut Grove
  • Washington

Related

Columbia River preschool

A preschool program open to everyone

What: This program is part of the Child Development Career and Technical Education classes at Columbia River High School. High school students at River experience hands-on learning while working with 3- to 5-year-old children. Under the supervision of a certified teacher, the students do the planning and implementing of age- and skill-appropriate projects and activities. Each day the preschoolers are offered two art projects, circle time, one-on-one reading time, free play, snacks and physical activity in the gym or outside. Transportation is not provided.

Who: All 3- to 4-year-olds (open to anyone; first-come, first-served). Total class size is 18 children.

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 9:30 a.m to 11:20 a.m.

Cost: $90 per semester

Contact

Columbia River High School
360-313-3900

Evening preschool

A preschool program open to everyone

What: A program that helps kids make the transition to school. Students are acquainted with their new surroundings, meet future classmates and teachers and work on building the knowledge and skills they’ll need at school.

Transportation is not provided.

Who: Kids ages 4 and 5 who have not started kindergarten

Where: Locations to be determined for the 2018-19 school year. All families who live in the district are welcome to participate, even if they do not live within the boundaries of the school where the evening preschool is located.

When: Days and times to be determined for the 2018-19 school year

Cost: Free

Contact

Kendra YamamotoEarly learning teacher on special assignment