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Concerned parent

Frankfort, KY

#1 Feb 3, 2013
I am wanting to enroll my child into a preschool atmosphere and I received a pamphlet from this school. I was wanting to see if there are any thoughts or reviews from any other parents out there about this school. It would really help. Thanks!
now

United States

#2 Feb 4, 2013
Its great!! They r very friendly and great with the kids. The teachers are great. All 3 of my kids have been there. They help with my sons speech therapy. They have homework do art projects. Just like they would at any other school. You can volunteer there. If your child goes half day you can be a bus monitor on the bus. Full day you have to take them and pick them up. I'm gonna miss them after my twins go to kindergarten next year.
now

United States

#3 Feb 4, 2013
If this school went to 12th grade it is where my kids would go. They just make u feel welcome and just a small independent school.
agreed

Frankfort, KY

#4 Feb 4, 2013
I agree. I had two kids attend and had a wonderful experience. They are attentive and give the kids regular developmental assessments to see if any special attention needs to be paid in any areas. It's wonderful.
what

United States

#5 Feb 4, 2013
never heard of them

always thought the headstart program is for kids who are behind
SoSad

United States

#6 Feb 4, 2013
what wrote:
never heard of them
always thought the headstart program is for kids who are behind
Its called head startand is for children of preschool age for a reason. Its to get a head start on the things you will learn in kindergarden. Let me guess, you thought it was kids who are behind because of the short bus? They have small busses for the small number children that attend. Short bus only means a disability in real school. This is a great place and really gives children a lot of what they need to be successful later
actually

United States

#7 Feb 4, 2013
The Head Start program in the public school system is for three years who are developmentally behind and four years who are either behind or can't afford private preschool.

Considering that this place is run by the BGCAP, I'm assuming the latter, can't afford, but also developmentally behind.

It's sad SoSad that you assume what's comment about behind means disabled. It can be any number of developmental goal a child hasn't hit, speech problem, motor skill problem, cognitive problem, and yes, of course actual disability.

I'm assuming those kids find their place at Head Start as well as those who can't afford preschool, just as it is the case in the public school system.

If you have a child who hit the developmental goals and you can afford it, I would check out the private preschools. You'll likely get more out of it.

You should seek out a place which can best prepare your child for Kindergarten. In order to succeed in Kindergarten kids nowadays have to be well prepared. This includes knowing all letters upper and lower case, their sounds, being able to write them down, basic introductory instruction to reading, number recognition to thirty, even better fifty, being able to write numbers to thirty, count to 100, basic addition and subtraction of single digit numbers, shapes, colors, counting.... Yes, it sounds very much like what most parents learned in first grade. Anything you don't know, good luck catching up in the first half year of Kindergarten.

I don't know about this place. It's to my knowledge not part of either public school system in town. They likely have a deal to use their buses though. If it can do the best for your child, great, if not, try and find the money for a private place.

First thing I would ask is whether the teacher had their own kid attend that school. Just saying, if it's not good enough for their own kids...
SoSad

United States

#8 Feb 4, 2013
It is not for children who are behind. In fact, the child must pass certain tests in order to be accepted so you should check your sources if you still think its for children that are behind
lol

United States

#9 Feb 4, 2013
Yes, they have to pass tests to show they are behind. If you are too smart you don't get in unless you are too poor. That's how it works.

The word speech therapy didn't tip you off?
Hal

Frankfort, KY

#10 Feb 4, 2013
There is an income requirement (limit).
actually

United States

#11 Feb 4, 2013
They are part of the national head start program so this applies:

"The Head Start program (for children ages three to five) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families."

If you are poor your kids are in. If you need other school readiness services (aka you are behind) you are in. It's practically the same as public preschool.

The tests determine educational level and where need is. It should not determine who is accepted or not. Although based on staff training it might be they don't take certain developmentally lagging kids and would leave them for the public preschools to deal with.

SoSad, you still don't seem to understand what behind means in this context. You might want to go and check out your child's class.

They are not Capital Day or Frankfort Christian Academy who can be choosy about who they let in and only accept the smart ones. If you think your kid is so smart, try to get in there. They offer scholarships and will take supersmart kids like you think yours is.

Here is a hint, if you don't pay or pay very little for your child's schooling without being officially awarded a scholarship, it's an accept all. In preschool sense it's will take those who need help or can't otherwise pay.

You want a good school look for the characteristics I listed above. If they offer it there, great. If they don't, you'll get what you pay for.
SoSad

United States

#12 Feb 4, 2013
Its preschool for crying out loud! No difference in high priced ones except maybe better resources. You do not have to be behind to go there. I never said my child was super smart, which by the way she is, but if you failed these tests you are not able to go there. If you arent at a certain level already you dont qualify. They are low income but thats the only truth to what you said
now

Nitro, WV

#13 Feb 5, 2013
My son gets speech therapy from the county school therapist. He went to county preschool didnt develop like I expected I put him in bluegrass and he is doing great the teachers he has works well with him and he is only behind in speech other than that he can write his full name he can read and hus brother goes there and he fine. So being born 9 weeks early and a twin dying 6 times and being low birth weight if speech make him behind well I'm.not complaining. They work with kids that are ahead behind have money and low income. Even people who aren't low income have kids who are behind. Its a great school accepting of all kids!
okay

United States

#14 Feb 5, 2013
Head start is for low income and developmentally behind. End of story.
The Hamburglar

United States

#15 Feb 5, 2013
okay wrote:
Head start is for low income and developmentally behind. End of story.
Not totally, my spouse and I tried to send our son there, our income was too high so he was placed on a waiting list for tution paying students.
lol

United States

#16 Feb 5, 2013
Voila, low income is a requirement. Tests are done to see if you are behind. Of course, so sad, if it makes you happy, it's a test to get in. You don't pass the get in requirements you don't get in.

lol
nope

United States

#17 Feb 5, 2013
lol wrote:
Yes, they have to pass tests to show they are behind. If you are too smart you don't get in unless you are too poor. That's how it works.
The word speech therapy didn't tip you off?
your kids don't have to be behind to get accepted.they do give them test to see were they are what they already know or what area's there lacking in my child wasn't behind in anything and she got accepted.early learning village has a headstart program for kids who are behind.
lol

United States

#18 Feb 6, 2013
As I said, you have to be low income or behind or both. But to claim you have to be brilliant to get in, lol, only in so sad's mind.

Every public school has a headstart program. That's what the preschools are there. So is this one.
wrong

United States

#19 Feb 6, 2013
I didn't have to give them my income they sent me a paper and I filled it out after she turned 3 they contacted me telling me she was exsepted.no test was done before .they didn't test her until later on .so I guess its diff strokes for diff fokes
ops

United States

#20 Feb 6, 2013
If you got in without that, were you suggested by therapist or doctor? They are diverting from their philosophy, if they handle things like that. Considering how full the public schools are and don't have enough spots for the poor kids, I'm surprised they let yours in without it. They should be full with poor kids. So much for being really Head Start affiliated.

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