“Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.”
Steven Barnett, PhD. Director of National Institute for Early Education Research.
Greater Clark County Schools offers preschool in each elementary building. Morning sessions are from 9:00 to 11:30 and afternoon classes are from 1:00 to 3:30. The preschool program serves children with special needs and children from low income who are eligible for the Early Education Matching Funds Grant (EEMG). There are also a limited number of slots available for other students with priority give to children who narrowly missed the cut-off age for Kindergarten.
In order to be eligible for Greater Clark preschool, your child must be 4 years of age by August 1, 2016. Children who are 5 by that date are eligible for Kindergarten. Children must attend the preschool at their home school, transfers are not granted. The fee for preschool is $150 for the year and parents must provide transportation. If your family qualifies for the EEMG grant, the fee is waived and transportation is provided. Information about qualifying for the EEMG grant and applications for all interested students are available at every elementary school and at the Administration building.
- How old must a child be to enroll in preschool?
- Where are the preschool classrooms in Greater Clark?
- Can my child attend the preschool at the elementary school of my choice?
- What days and times are the preschools in session?
- Can I choose a morning or afternoon session for my child?
- How are children selected to attend a Greater Clark preschool?
- What are the advantages of being a part of the EEMG Grant?
Thank you for your interest in Greater Clark Preschools for the 2016-17 school year!
In order to be eligible for preschool, your child must be 4 years of age by August 1, 2016. Children who are 5 on August 1, 2016 are not eligible for preschool. Greater Clark provides a preschool classroom in each elementary school building. Children must attend the preschool class at their home school, transfers are not granted. Proof of residence (in the form of a utility bill) may be requested. Students attend preschool 5 days a week for 2 ½ hours each day. We will try to accommodate your preference for morning or afternoon session, but there is no guarantee your child will be in the requested session.
The Greater Clark Preschool program serves children with special needs, children from low income, and other children from the elementary district. Priority is given to children with special needs and children from low income who are eligible for the Early Education Matching Funds Grant (EEMG). A limited number of slots are available for other students, with priority given to children who narrowly missed the cut-off age for Kindergarten eligibility.
The EEMG grant is for students whose annual gross household income meets the criteria in the chart below. In order to be considered for the grant, the family must complete an EEMG application packet, provide proof of Indiana residence, provide proof of income, provide a copy of a birth certificate and immunization records, and if applicable, proof of foster placement. If you believe your child may be eligible for the EEMG grant, please complete the attached packet and return to the school or the Administration building, along with the required documents. Students eligible for this grant do not pay a preschool fee and are provided with transportation to and from preschool.
If you believe your child is not eligible for the EEMG grant, please complete the application titled Greater Clark County Preschool Application (1 page, yellow) and return to an elementary school or the Administration Building.
|Size of Family||Gross Monthly Household Income||Gross Annual Household Income|
|1||$0 – $981||$0 – $11,770|
|2||$0 – $1,328||$0 – $15,930|
|3||$0 – $1,674||$0 – $20,090|
|4||$0 – $2,021||$0 – $24,250|
|5||$0 – $2,368||$0 – $28,410|
|6||$0 – $2,714||$0 – $32,570|
|7||$0 – $3,061||$0 – $36,730|
|8||$0 – $3,408||$0 – $40,890|
|9||$0 – $3,754||$0 – $45,050|
|10||$0 – $4,101||$0 – $49,210|
Applications will be available February 1. Each applicant will be notified by mail the week of May 2, 2016 if the child has a slot in a preschool session or will be on a waiting list.
The supply fee for Greater Clark Preschool is $150 per year. This amount must be paid at registration. Transportation to and from preschool is provided by the family. Students eligible for the grant have the fee waived and transportation provided.