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37 Pre-K classrooms reopened for 2013-14; space still limited

ShelbyCountySchools-250Thirty-seven prekindergarten (Pre-K) classrooms have been reinstated for the 2013-14 school year to boost the number of 4 year olds the unified district can accommodate this fall.

The district reopened 12 classrooms at school sites and 25 at community partner centers, allowing it to now serve a capacity of 3380 Pre-K children.

Since space is limited and the timeframe to enroll is brief, parents across Memphis and Shelby County are strongly urged to apply now during Phase II of the enrollment process, June 11 – 27.

The Pre-K program is a school-readiness initiative designed to help children be adequately prepared for kindergarten. Priority is given to families meeting low-income guidelines.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on specific days between Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 27, parents residing in the city or county who want to enroll their child in Pre-K classes must visit one of five school sites representing each region of the new Shelby County Schools District.

Applications are available in both English and Spanish and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To enroll, children must:
· reside in Memphis or Shelby County
· turn four years old on or before August 31 (one month earlier than in previous years as governed by the State of Tennessee), and
· be screened to determine eligibility.

On screening day, parents must bring:
· proof of income (very important),
· a certified birth certificate (plus one copy),
· two proofs of residency,
· the child's social security card (plus one copy) and
· the child's health and immunization records on the Tennessee School Form.

"For decades, research-based evidence has proven that high-quality Pre-K programs increase a child's chance for academic success in the school years and beyond," said Carolyn Harvey, EdD, the district's expert in Pre-K education.

"We offer a rigorous, innovative curriculum. Several classes are now equipped with iPads for use by the 4 year olds and some provide interactive Smart Board technology. We also offer effective ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction for our Spanish speaking population."

For more information about Pre-K enrollment requirements or the screening period, June 11-27, call the Pre-K Office at 901-416-3450 or visit http://www.scsk12.org/prek/.

2013-14 Pre-K screening sites and classroom locations

The following list contains the dates and five school locations where parents can go for Pre-K applications and screenings during the enrollment period, June 11-27. Screenings are provided from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The screening locations are followed by a list of all locations where Pre-K classes will be offered.

June 11
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shelby County Region
Millington Elementary School
6445 William Osteen Drive

E. A. Harold Elementary
Highland Oaks Elementary
Lucy Elementary
Millington Elementary
Northhaven Elementary
Oak Elementary
Southwind Elementary

June 12, 13, 14
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Southeast Region
Southwind Elementary School
7900 East Shelby Drive

Belle Forest Elementary
Bethel Grove Elementary
Charjean Elementary
Cherokee Cottonwood Head Start
Crump Elementary
Dunbar Elementary
Getwell Elementary
Goodlett Elementary
Hooks Dimmick Childcare Group
Kindercare-Knight Arnold
Kindercare-Ridgeway #1
LaPetite Academy-Riverdale
LaPetite Academy-Hickory Hill
Oak Forest Elementary
Oakhaven Elementary
Riverdale Kiddie
Sharpe Elementary
Sheffield Elementary
Sherwood Elementary
South Park Elementary

June 17, 18, 19
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Northwest Region
Lucie E. Campbell Elementary School
3232 Birchfield Road

Brookmeade Elementary
Delano Head Start
Jessie Mahan Child Care Center
Porter Leath Head Start
Red Robin's Academy
Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus
Bruce Elementary
Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary
Carnes Elementary
Cummings Elementary
Denver Elementary
Earnestine Rivers Elementary
Future Leaders Elementary
Gordon Elementary
Hawkins Mill Elementary
LaPetite Academy-Coleman
LaRose Elementary
Lucie E. Campbell Elementary
Peabody Elementary
Springdale Elementary
Vollentine Elementary
Westside Elementary

June 20, 21, 24
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Southwest Region
Robert R. Church Elementary School
4100 Millbranch Road

A. B. Hill Elementary
Alcy Elementary
Alton Elementary
Doubletree Elementary
Fairley Elementary
Florida Kansas Elementary
Ford Road Elementary
Gardenview Elementary
Hamilton Elementary
Holmes Road Elementary
Horn Lake Elementary
Kings and Queens Day Care Center
Levi Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Magnolia Elementary
Manor Lake Elementary
Oakshire Elementary
Rianeshaven Elementary
Riverview Elementary
Westhaven Elementary
Westwood Elementary
Whitehaven Elementary

June 25, 26, 27
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Northeast Region
Shelby Oaks Elementary
6053 Summer Avenue

Berclair Elementary
Covington Pike Head Start
Lambs & Ivy Pre-School
LaPetite Academy-Cordova
Southwest Tennessee Community College-Macon Campus
Coleman Elementary
Douglass Elementary
Jackson Elementary
Keystone Elementary
Kingsbury Elementary
Scenic Hills Elementary
Spring Hill Elementary
Treadwell Elementary
William H. Brewster Elementary

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