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March 25, 2014 > Enroll now for San Leandro Unified First 5 Summer Pre-K Program

Enroll now for San Leandro Unified First 5 Summer Pre-K Program

Submitted By Robin Michel

San Leandro Unified School District announced today that registration for the DistrictÕs popular Summer Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Program is now underway. This high quality five week developmentally appropriate program is offered to families at no cost and is a wonderful opportunity to help prepare your child for school.

Sponsored by First 5 Alameda County, the summer Pre-K programs are designed to provide transitional early childhood experiences for children who have not attended preschool and who will enter kindergarten in the fall. Class size is limited to 18 students, taught by two teachers, one a credentialed kindergarten teacher and the second teacher, at minimum, a preschool teacher with 24 early childhood education units. At least one of the two teachers must be bilingual.

The curriculum is developmentally appropriate, with attention paid to the basic building blocks of school readiness: self-care and motor skills, self-regulation, and self-expression. Classrooms are arranged for children to learn through playÑwith plenty of opportunities to interact with their peers or engage in rich learning activities, ÒreadÓ a book, or spend time in relaxing centers alone with their imaginations. Fine and gross motor skills activities. All students receive a daily snack.

ÒThis five week program gives an important boost to the language development of our incoming kindergarteners,Ó said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services. ÒAnd the bilingual component is critical for our English learners and their families.Ó

The program also includes weekly parent education workshops on a variety of topics, such as school readiness, health and nutrition, and literacy. Parents also get an opportunity to join their children on field trips and celebrate the transition from pre-kindergarten at the end of the 5 week program.

ÒThis school readiness program is a proven winner,Ó said Sonal Patel, Director of Teaching, Learning and Educational Equity. ÒBy having such a high quality and positive first school experience, children enter the classroom ready to learn. We are grateful for our strong partnership with First 5 Alameda County, and its commitment to early education and smooth transitions into the kindergarten classroom.Ó

The SLUSD First 5 Summer Pre-K Program is open to all incoming kindergarteners in the District and will run June 23 through July 24 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Jefferson Elementary School, located at 14300 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro.

For more information, please call program coordinator Robin Michel at (510) 667-6208.

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