ADMISSION Eligibility is determined and certified after completion of the Confidential Application for Child Development Services and Certification of Eligibility, submission of income verification, and submission of all registration materials. Eligibility is based upon documentation and verification of at least one of the following: Income, Current Aid Recipient, Homelessness, Child Protective Services, or At Risk of Abuse, Neglect, and/or Exploitation. Admission priorities have been established based on the Funding Terms and Conditions of the contract with the California Department of Education. To qualify, families must meet eligibility requirements and the term of certification is good for one program year, as long as the child remains enrolled. This program is operated on a nondiscriminatory basis, giving equal access to services. The program does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability. The program welcomes the enrollment of children with disabilities. Children will be accepted and retained after enrollment if it is determined that (a) the preschool is able to meet the individual needs of the child, and that (b) there will be no adverse effect on the other children. The program understands the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to make reasonable accommodations. If appropriate, the parents will be referred to Sierra Sands Pupil Personnel and Special Education who can provide special services. Referrals will be made if there is hearing, visual, speech, or language concerns.
ADMISSION PRITORITIES Per SSUSD Administrative Regulation 5148, the first priority for services shall be given to neglected or abused children who are recipients of child protective services, or recipients who are at risk of being neglected or abused, upon written referral from a legal, medical or social service agency. If service cannot be provided for a child who is in the first priority, the program will refer the child’s parent or guardian to Community Connection for Child Care so that services for the child can be located. The second priority shall be given to eligible four-year-old children in the following order prior to serving eligible three-year-old children. 1. Children who were enrolled in the State Preschool Program as a three-year-old child. 2. Children whose families have the lowest income ranking based on the most recent income ranking schedule adopted by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) at the time of enrollment. 3. When two or more families have the same income ranking, children will be enrolled based upon the following priorities: a. Children with exceptional needs as defined by Ed Code section 8201(l). b. Children who are identified as limited English or non-English proficient. c. Children from families whose special circumstances may diminish the children’s opportunities for normal development. d. Children who are program age three, in accordance with the above established priorities. e. After all eligible four and three year old children have been enrolled; children may be enrolled from families whose income exceeds the current income ceilings by fifteen percent or less of the adjusted monthly income. Children enrolled under this priority may not exceed the maximum of 10% of the total enrollment for the program.
The program will use an internal wait list in accordance with the established admission priorities.
REGISTRATION AND PRESCHOOL REQUIREMENTS SSUSD State Preschool Program is available to children 3 through 4 years of age from low income families. The child must be three on or before their first date of attendance. The registration process and parent orientation must be completed by the first day of attendance. To register, a family must: 1. Complete a registration packet Health and Social Services Referral List Notification of Parents’ Rights LIC 995 Personal Rights LIC 613A Child’s Preadmission Health History LIC 702 Consent for Emergency Medical Treatment LIC 627 Identification and Emergency Information LIC 700 Parent Advisory Committee Contact Sheet Celebration and Holidays Questionnaire Family Education Topic Questionnaire Admissions Agreement 2. Provide proof of up-to-date immunizations 3. Provide documentation to prove all sources of income for the family 4. Provide documentation to prove family size The parent shall provide the names of the parents and the names, gender and birthdates of the children identified in the family and supporting documentation to prove family size 6. Provide documentation to prove relationship to the child 7. Provide proof of address 8. Provide a release of authorization to contact employers to verify employment information 9. Meet with the program administrator for certification 10. Provide a completed physical within 30 days of enrollment LIC 701 11. Provide a Needs and Services Plan for children with special needs 12. Attend a family orientation prior to attendance
Acceptable documentation may vary per family and situation. For further clarification, you may access the Eligibility Regulations on the California Department of Education website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/lr/documents/title5.doc.
SSUSD State Preschool Parent Handbook To access the State Preschool Parent Handbook, please click on the link below.