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MPS to offer full-day pre-k for as many as possible

Mustang Public Schools will be offering a limited option for full-day pre-kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Since its inception more than a decade ago, the district has only been able to offer pre-k as a half-day program. 

Stacy Edwards, executive director of elementary schools, said most full-day options will be at the district’s eight elementary schools. Half-day classes will likely be at Mustang Education Center. 

“We are very excited that we are at a point to offer full-day pre-kindergarten to as many families as possible,” Edwards said. “It has been a regular request for some time. Thanks to the construction of the new elementary school, we will be able to offer full-day pre-kindergarten on a limited basis for the fall.” 

Once the full-day program is full, parents will be offered half-day pre-kindergarten. Or, parents can choose half-day as their program of choice. Edwards said the number of full-day or half-day classes cannot be determined until after Pre-Kindergarten Round-up, which is set for March 13 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Mustang Middle School. Only after the district has an idea of how many parents are requesting full-day versus half-day will staffing and location decisions for the new year be possible. Transportation is not provided for pre-kindergarten, but full-day pre-kindergarten students will have the option to attend BroncoClub, the district’s after-school program, in the afternoons. 

Parents of students who will be old enough for pre-kindergarten in August should bring their completed packets to Pre-Kindergarten Round-up. Attendance is required to be entered into the drawing for full-day pre-k. Parents who have turned in completed enrollment packets, with all the correct supporting documents and an up-to-date shot record, can request the full-day or half-day program on the packet. 

Arriving early at Round-up will not increase a child’s chances of getting a full-day pre-k spot. Enrollment will be determined by an impartial drawing of all eligible students at a later date and is not determined by the order the packets are received. Parents will receive a call no later than May 1, 2018 to verify their child’s enrollment and which school they will be attending for 2018-2019. 

Packets received after Pre-K Round-up will be placed on a waiting list. 

“We will try to place as many students as possible in their home elementary school,” Edwards said. “We know that may not be possible for everyone, but we will do our best to accommodate as many families as we can.” 

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