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Old 11-12-2011, 08:36 AM
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Hello all. We will be moving to Louisville after the first of the year. I was wanting to try and find out what the costs if any are for preschool. In Florida (were we currently live) the program is free. I checked online and haven't received a clear answer.

For those of you with kids enrolled in preschool are there tuition costs, meal costs, or other fees? Same goes with public school for Kindergarden and up.

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Old 11-12-2011, 04:46 PM
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JCPS (Jefferson County Public Schools) offers three Early Childhood programs:
1. Head Start (which includes the Pregnant Moms program, Home-Based program, Early Head Start classrooms for 6 weeks up to 3 years, and Head Start classrooms for 3 & 4 year olds)
2. Pre-K (3 & 4 year olds)
3. Tuition-based preschool (3 & 4 year olds)

The first two options (Head Start and Pre-K) are income based programs and are free to eligible families, while number three is, obviously, tuition based. There are limited spots available in all three programs and families are encouraged to apply as early as possible. You just apply once, and if you are not eligible for the income-based programs, you can then sign up for the tuition based program. No guarantees can be made about program or school placement. School placement is determined by transportation address, or, if parents wish to transport, the schools they can transport to. Please note that this is very different from placement guidelines for the rest of JCPS; thankfully, Early Childhood does not bus 3 & 4 year olds all over the county. Also note that transportation is not provided for the tuition-based program.

Class age is based on your child's age on October 1st of the program year. This can be kind of confusing. Basically, figure out how old your child was on October 1st of this year... got it? If they were 3 or 4, then they are age-eligible for the Early Childhood programs. If they were 2 or younger on October 1st, they are age-eligible for only the Early Head Start program. If they were 5 on October 1st, they will be in kindergarten. Same thing for next year... figure out how old your child will be on October 1st of 2012, and that determines their class age for that year.

Right now applications are only being taken for the current (2011/12) school year. Yes, even though the year has already started, you can still apply and will be put on the waiting list. Your child may or may not be placed during the year; it depends on if openings become available. Starting in late January, applications will be taken for both the current school year and next year, 2012/13. Placements for next year are made during the summer break and acceptance letters are sent out over the summer.

Quick note about the Pregnant Moms program and Early Head Start (6wks-3yrs). Additional eligibility requirements for these programs include that a parent be either working or going to school at least part-time and parents must be able to provide transportation.

3 and 4 year old children with a disability receive services through Early Childhood regardless of income. If your child has a diagnosed disability, make sure you have an IEP through Jefferson County before applying. For more info, go to: Disability Services

Here is a link to general info on the Early Childhood program: Early Childhood - General Information

And here is the application information: How to Apply Click on the link "Application Information for NEW Students" for the schedule of when & where they take applications.

Of course, there are also private preschools and daycares in Louisville you can look into.

If you have any questions about JCPS's Early Childhood programs, just let me know.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:58 PM
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Wow thanks so much for all the help! Very detailed. Our oldest is 4 and was born in july. So if I understand correctly he may or may not be able to go to preschool (for public schools) if no spots open?

Does the same apply for kindergarden as well? Is this income based?
Do you happen to know what income you have to be under? My wife is a stay at home mom ( we also have a 22 month old) so it's only my income
Do you know what the tuition based schools run approx for preschool? kindergarden?
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:21 PM
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Your oldest would be considered a 4 year old for this school year. If you meet income eligibility guidelines, your child could be placed this year, depending on if any spots open up. They do try to place 4 year olds first, so that would work in your advantage. Your youngest would be in the age range for the Early Head Start program (again, if you meet income guidelines).

I'm not sure what the exact income guidelines are, but they are based on federal poverty guidelines. No idea about tuition rates for preschool.

Kindergarten (for 5 year olds) is part of the regular JCPS school system and is not income based. If you do a quick search of these forums you will find several threads discussing the JCPS schools at large, particularly the student assignment plan. Trust me, you will want to be as knowledgeable as possible about this, so you will be able to make an informed decision about school for next year, as that is when your child will enter the formal school system.
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