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April 02, 2024

What Superintendents Need to Know About Pre-K Programs


Pre-K is a vital aspect of a school system's success. It plays a significant role in shaping a student's long-term academic journey and could be the first time your school system interacts with a family. If you're a superintendent or a K-12 director of technology, student services, or admissions, you know how important your school system's pre-K program is or could be to your community. In this blog post, we'll discuss five essential things you need to know about pre-K programs that can help you ensure that your school system is offering a high-quality pre-K program to your families and community.

Eligibility criteria: It's important to understand the eligibility criteria to enroll in pre-K. Each state has its own set of rules and regulations that determine whether a student is eligible for pre-K or not. For instance, in some states, a child must be four years old before a certain date, while in others, the age requirement is different. Not only knowing but also communicating these rules to your constituents is crucial.

Community outreach: Pre-K enrollment depends on community outreach. You'll need to create awareness about your pre-K program among families in your school system and even surrounding areas. This can be done through various promotional activities such as flyers, social media posts, and community events. Partnering with other local organizations and community groups that serve pre-K age children can help in expanding outreach.
Enrollment management: Enrollment management plays a significant role in the pre-K experience. You need to have a system in place that allows for easy tracking of student enrollment, student assignments, and program availability. Families need to be kept informed of all necessary documents required for enrollment such as proof of residency and age and should find the process simple. Creating an online central enrollment solution streamlines the enrollment process, ensuring that every student who is eligible gets a pre-K seat.

Curriculum and instructional practices: Pre-K enrollment isn't just about how many students are enrolled; it's about offering high-quality education. There are several evidence-backed instructional practices and curriculums that can provide students with enriching learning experiences. Ensuring that your school system's pre-K program is aligned with these practices and curriculums can create a strong foundation for the student's long-term success.

Professional development: Professional development for staff members is crucial in providing a high-quality pre-K program. Staff need to be trained and upskilled to deliver evidence-based instruction and understand best practices. Providing ongoing development opportunities can help ensure that staff members are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for a successful pre-K program.

Tuition payment process: Having a secure and hassle-free tuition payment process is another essential aspect of pre-K enrollment where applicable. By creating a streamlined, secure, and transparent payment process, the stress associated with handling tuition payments can be significantly reduced for families. This could include offering multiple payment options, clear communication about payment dates, and an easy-to-use online system for making payments. By ensuring the tuition payment process is simple and straightforward, you can make the enrollment in your pre-K program more appealing to families.

Pre-K enrollment may seem like just another checkbox, but it is an important aspect that requires careful planning and management. Communicating the eligibility criteria, creating a robust community outreach program, developing an efficient enrollment management system, implementing instructional practices aligned with evidence-backed curriculums, and providing professional development opportunities for staff can enhance the pre-K program's overall quality. Investing in pre-K can pay off in the long run by creating confident, prepared, and enthusiastic learners.


Download our informative guide to ensure necessary considerations when implementing pre-K technology.