Schools To Conduct Screenings For Kindergarten, Pre-K Program
Pam Sonderman and Regina Merriman
This spring, once again, the Cannon County School System will conduct a comprehensive screening along with registration for all students who will enter kindergarten or who wish to enter a pre-k classroom this fall.
Children are eligible to enter kindergarten if they will turn 5 years old by September 30th, 2012; children may be eligible to enter pre-k if they will turn 4 years old by that date.
The screening and registration will be held this year on Monday, May 14th from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M, on Tuesday, May 15th from 11:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M., and on Wednesday, May 16th from 8:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. It will be conducted at the First Baptist Church located at 405 West Main Street in Woodbury.
Parents will need to bring the following items to registration: child’s official birth certificate, immunization record, social security card, proof of residence, and proof of custody if needed. There is an added stipulation for pre-k registration. These parents must bring verification of their family’s income because the funding for this program requires that income eligible children receive the first placements.
Also, various agencies, such as the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS), Health Department, and REACH Program will have booths for the families to preview. You will be able to get information on child nutrition, safety, future summer events, and other good information as you prepare to enroll your child in our school system.
These voluntary pre-k programs are located in all of Tennessee’s 95 counties. In Cannon County, we have 4 classrooms which are located at West Side School, Woodbury Grammar, and Woodland School. Our fourth classroom is housed at the Mid-Cumberland Head Start Center and serves students from the Short Mountain area. While these classrooms operate under the directorship of the Cannon County School Board, they are completely funded by the State of Tennessee.
To be eligible for Cannon County’s Voluntary Pre-K Program, children must live in Cannon County and be 4 years old on or before September 30th. The grant governing the administration of this program stipulates that children whose family’s income is at the 185% poverty level are automatically eligible for this program. Other criteria for placement in this program include the social, physical, and academic development of the child.