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Lakeside Union SD (Lakeside) |  AR  5148.3  Students

Preschool/Early Childhood Education   

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When approved by the California Department of Education under the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), the district may operate one or more part-day and/or full-day preschool programs in accordance with law and the terms of the state contract.

(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)

(cf. 5148.1 - Child Care Services for Parenting Students)

(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Programs)

Eligibility and Enrollment Priorities for Full-Day and Part-Day Programs

Children eligible for the district's full-day or part-day CSPP program include those who will have their third or fourth birthday on or before December 2 of the fiscal year in which they are enrolled in the program. (Education Code 8235, 8236)

The Superintendent or designee shall refer to the district's eligibility list to identify children in need of services.

First priority for enrollment in any CSPP program shall go to neglected or abused children age 3-4 years who are recipients of child protective services or who are at risk of being neglected, abused, or exploited, upon written referral from a legal, medical, or social service agency. If unable to enroll a child in this category, the district shall refer the child's parent/guardian to local resource and referral services so that services for the child can be located. (Education Code 8236)

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 1700 - Relations Between Private Industry and the Schools)

After all such children are enrolled, the district shall give priority to eligible children age 4 years prior to enrolling eligible children age 3 years. (Education Code 8236)

Additional Requirements for Part-Day Program

The district's part-day CSPP program shall operate a minimum of three hours per day but less than four hours per day, excluding time for home-to-school transportation, and for a minimum of 175 days per year unless otherwise specified in the program's contract. (Education Code 8235)

(cf. 6111 - School Calendar)

(cf. 6112 - School Day)

After all eligible children have been enrolled, the program may fill up to 10 percent of its enrollment, calculated throughout the entire contract, with children whose family income is no more than 15 percent above the income eligibility threshold. (Education Code 8235)

The district may certify eligibility and enrollment up to 120 calendar days prior to the first day of the beginning of the preschool year. After establishing eligibility at the time of initial enrollment, a child shall remain eligible for the part-day program for the remainder of the program year. (Education Code 8237)

Fees shall not be assessed for families whose children are enrolled in the part-day program. (Education Code 8235)


approved: September 17, 2012 Lakeside, California