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    About Peru Central School's Prekindergarten

    The Peru Central School District was recently awarded a grant that will allow our district to create a program for forty (40) Prekindergarten students.  Prekindergarten is not mandatory; parents can choose to participate in the program.  In order to be eligible, children must turn 4 years old before December 1, 2018 or those students eligible for kindergarten the following school year. 

    The Prekindergarten program is free to district residents as this is a full day program. The Prekindergarten Program will start September 2019.  One twenty (20) student classroom will be hosted in the K-6 building and twenty (20) students will be hosted by the JCEO Head Start.  Since there are only forty (40) slots available, we will first serve students that qualify under Head Start criteria and guidelines.  These students will be placed at the JCEO Head Start site.  We will select the remaining students utilizing a lottery.

    Regardless of site, our pre-k program will be a district program across sites in which all students will receive early education support and the same curriculum.  Sites will be determined by need and eligibility guidelines.

    Classes have a maximum of 20 children to make sure each child gets the individual attention that makes the prekindergarten experience meaningful.

    For more information about what you need to register your child, visit our Prekindergarten Registration Packet section or click here, Prekindergarten Registration Packet (Click Here)

    You also can call Mrs. Rawson, K-2 Principal or Mrs. Ward, PreKindergarten Coordinator between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 518-643-6100.


    How does the prekindergarten lottery work?

    All registrations will be numbered in the order it is received.  These numbers will be used for the lottery selection.  Once slots are assigned, all remaining students registered will be chosen by lottery and placed on a waiting list in the order of selection.  Waiting list lottery will continue until all registered student applications are exhausted.  The lottery will take place on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 between 12:00-2:00pm at the K-2 Office.  Once students are selected, families will receive detailed information for their Pre-K site including transportation, schedules, and teacher information.  All selected students will need to confirm registration and acceptance into program.  The deadline for selection acceptance will be on Friday, May 11th, 2018.


    After the acceptance date, any remaining slots will be filled in the order of the randomly assigned waiting list.


    Once lottery seats are assigned and waiting list is complete, the district will mail you one of two letters: an acceptance letter or a waiting-list letter.  All waiting list letters will include your place on the waiting list and your assigned number.


    If your child receives an acceptance letter, it is expected that, if awarded, you will return the acceptance letter by the deadline and your child will be officially registered for Pre-K.  If you do not respond to the acceptance letter by the deadline indicated in the letter, your child's spot will be given to another child from the waiting list.


    If your child receives a waiting-list letter, you will be notified if a slot becomes available based on your place on the waiting list.  This includes Head Start, if you are eligible. 


    Please find the online registration information at: Prekindergarten Registration Packet (Click Here).


    You can also pick one up at the registration office located at the large pillars in the 3-6 building or call 518-643-6020 for a Prekindergarten Registration Packet.