Pre-K Parents, the online application for the Mobile County Public School System's First Class Pre-K Program will open on February 1, 2017.
The Mobile County Public School System's First Class Pre-K will begin accepting online applications February 1 - 28, 2017. Please note the sites listed on the application for the screening process during the month of March. Select a date and site convenient for you to bring your child for the required screening. All students pre-registering should have an original birth certificate. Parents/guardians must have a photo ID to pre-register their child and two proofs of residence. Students may pre-register for any Pre-K program since all schools do not have Pre-K. Students pre- registering for Pre-K may pre-register for only one site. They must reside in a Title I attendance zone in order to pre-register. Students pre-registering for Pre-K must be in attendance at pre-registration for an on-site screener.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Paula Reese, School-Home- Community Programs Manager, Mobile County Public School System at 221-5218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students pre-registering for Pre-K must be four-years old on or before September 1, 2017. The following schools have Pre-K sites:
|Collins-Rhodes||221-1226||Nan Gray Davis||221-1166|
*Participation in the Pre-K programs located at Magnet School Sites does not automatically place a child in the Magnet program. Parents must complete the online application the following year for the child to be included in the selection process for kindergarten at the Magnet School.
The Mobile County Public School System serves children with the greatest needs and their families in preschool units, consisting of eighteen (18) four-year-olds, a teacher, and an auxiliary teacher that have been placed in Title I elementary school sites. Approximately 900 children are served in these units. The Just 4 Developmental Laboratory is an early childhood center providing services to approximately 306 four-year-olds. For additional information about Just 4 visit the school website at http://mc.mcpss.schoolinsites.com.
The Mobile County Public School System's First Class Pre-K meets the following "Quality" benchmarks:
1. Comprehensive early learning standards;
2. Pre-k teachers have a bachelor’s degree;
3. Pre-k teachers have specialized early childhood training;
4. Assistant pre-k teachers have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or equivalent;
5. Teachers participate in a substantial number of professional development;
6. Maximum class size is 18;
7. Staff to child ratio is 1:9;
8. Children receive screening, referral and support services for vision, hearing, dental, health and other support areas;
9. Children are provided meals and/or snacks;
10. Systems hold individual classrooms accountable and monitor to ensure quality standards are being met.
We believe young children should be involved in direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, ideas, and events. Children’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development occurs naturally when they are engaged in active learning opportunities of exploration and discovery. Adults facilitate child-initiated activities that promote investigation, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, and problem solving.
Students who attend First Class Pre-K
- are ready for kindergarten
- out perform their peers in reading and math
- have higher attendance rates
- are less likely to require special education placement
- are less likely to repeat grades