Bluejay Beginnings Preschool

  • Thank you for your interest in the Bluejay Beginnings Preschool Program, part of the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District. This program is available to families that have children between the ages of 3 and 4. The preschool program is intended for all children, regardless of background or disability. The program allows students the opportunity to interact with peers to build positive social skills, experience routines and classroom structure, explore learning through music and movement, and develop pre-literacy and math skills, all in an early childhood classroom. 

     

    The 2019-2020 Bluejay Beginnings Preschool program will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in its new location at Morris Elementary.

     

    New Location

    Morris Elementary will be opening a new academic wing in the fall of 2019. With this new expansion, the preschool program will be moving to Morris Elementary for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

     

    Eligibility

    A child must be 3 years old on or before September 15 of the current school year and be potty trained to be accepted into the 3-year-old program. Students attending the 4-year-old program must be 4 years old on or before September 15, of the current school year. Preschool is open to students who reside within the Bondurant-Farrar School district.

     

    Tuition

    There is no tuition for 4 year old preschool classes. All tuition is covered through Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program Funding.

     

    Likewise, there will be no tuition for 3 year old preschool classes. All tuition is covered through the ECI (Early Childhood Iowa) Grant along with funding from the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program Grant. Families who wish to have a higher priority within the lottery may apply for ECI grant funding during registration. Grant funding is based upon federal income eligibility guidelines. All required paperwork must be turned in before families will be awarded ECI grant funding and a higher priority for enrollment.

     

    Class Schedules

    Classes will meet four days a week for a half-day.  

    • Tuesday-Friday 8:30-11:30am  

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    • Tuesday-Friday 12:30-3:30pm      

     

    Lottery Registration

    Registration for Bluejay Beginnings Preschool will include a lottery. Parents/Guardians must return necessary lottery registration information to the district registrar to place their child on the lottery list for a spot in the preschool program. Parents may submit a lottery application beginning in January. A lottery drawing will be held in March and families will be notified of their child’s acceptance. Special education and at-risk students will be given priority placement into the preschool program. Low-income families who apply and qualify for ECI grant funding, which is based upon federal income eligibility guidelines, will also be given priority placement into the preschool program.

     

    Upon acceptance parents will have approximately 2 weeks to complete a registration form.  Also, children who participate in the 3 year old program will be guaranteed a spot in the 4 year old program if parents apply in a timely fashion.

    2019-20 Preschool Lottery Instructions