Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Does my child need to be potty-trained to attend preschool?Does my child need to be potty-trained to attend preschool?<p>​​Many of the children enrolled in our preschool classrooms are very independent in their bathroom needs. However, you do not need to be toilet trained to attend a BVSD preschool. Children are encouraged to use the bathrooms throughout the day as needed and during scheduled bathroom breaks. Teachers monitor healthy bathroom habits such as flushing and hand washing. Many children are in various stages of toilet training including diaper use. Diaper changing takes place in a manner that meets health and safety guidelines. When toilet accidents that require a change of clothing happen, children are assisted to change into dry clothing. Soiled clothing is placed in a plastic bag to take home. If your child comes home in borrowed clothing, we ask that you wash and return the clothes as soon as possible. Families are asked to supply diapers and wipes. Please discuss a system for supplying a change of clothing, diapers and wipes with your child’s teacher if needed. If a child is not toilet trained, the preschool staff will do the following to support toilet training transitions from home to school:</p>1. Develop a schedule with the parent/guardian.<br>2. Give multiple opportunities during a preschool session to use the bathroom and develop toileting routines.<br>3. Do not wait for children to tell you they need to use the bathroom. Give reminders to go on a “toilet trip”.<br>4. Develop a visual schedule for children learning to use the bathroom independently.<div><br></div><div><a href="/DropOffLibrary/Toilet%20Training%20Info%20Sheet_English_preschool%20resources.pdf">Toilet Training Info Sheet_English_preschool resources.pdf</a><br><br></div>
What is the Colorado Preschool Program and how do I know if we qualify?What is the Colorado Preschool Program and how do I know if we qualify?<p>​​​​The Colorado Preschool Program funds children who are determined to have risk factors that may cause a child to not be ready for kindergarten. Children who are four years old can qualify based on income alone. Children who are three can qualify if they have two eligibility factors in addition to income. Factors include: low birth weight, educational level of the family, need for language development (such as English-langua​​ge support for non-native speakers), unintentional unemployment, social services, teen parent, frequent relocations, and more.</p>
Can my child attend two days instead of four?Can my child attend two days instead of four?<p>​No. BVSD preschool classes are designed for attendance four days a week. Children who drop in and out will not have access to the richness of the four-day curriculum. Furthermore, children who are funded by the Colorado Preschool Program are mandated to attend all days unless they are ill, to maintain funding.</p>
Can my child get transportation to preschool?Can my child get transportation to preschool?<p>​​If your child is attending through the Colorado Preschool Program and lives inside of district and outside of walking distance (.5 miles) from the school, s/he can get transportation.<br>If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), s/he may be eligible to receive special transportation. Eligibility for special transportation is determined by the IEP team at an IEP meeting. If your child is attending through tuition program and has a sibling who is attending either through the Colorado Preschool Program or on an IEP, you can apply for transportation with a Space Available request. Space Available requests are granted if there is room for a preschool StarSeat on a bus and pre-existing route between the two stops that you require.</p>
How much does a Child Find evaluation cost?How much does a Child Find evaluation cost?<p>​​​No cost…It’s free.</p>
Do I need to apply again for my child’s second year at preschool?Do I need to apply again for my child’s second year at preschool?<p>​Not if your child has already been accepted and attending during his/her first year of preschool. If you applied for a tuition-based seat through the lottery and did not get in this year, and you wish to enter the lottery again, you will need to submit a new application.</p>
Once my child is enrolled in preschool, will he/she be automatically enrolled in kindergarten?Once my child is enrolled in preschool, will he/she be automatically enrolled in kindergarten?<p>​No. Parent/Guardians of preschool children need to enroll in the school of residency or apply for open enrollment status at a school of choice. For more information go to www.bvsd.org for kindergarten enrollment dates, options, and application process.</p>
Do you have full day preschool?Do you have full day preschool?<p>​​Full-day preschool is only located at the Mapleton Early Childhood Center. This location has limited enrollment slots. BVSD will study the feasibility of adding more full-day preschool options once funding and facility space becomes available.</p>
Do I need to live in BVSD attendance area to attend a BVSD preschool?Do I need to live in BVSD attendance area to attend a BVSD preschool?<p>​​If your child will have an Individualized Education Plan through the Office of Special Education, you must live within the district to attend. If you do not live in district, you will be referred back to your school district of residency. If your child will attend through the Colorado Preschool Program or through the tuition-based preschool program, you do not have to live in district. However, out-of-district children will be considered for a seat once in-district children have already been placed. Please note that out-of-district children will have to pass a developmental screening before being able to attend. If the child does not pass, and it is determined at any time by a staff member that the child may have a suspected disability, the district will ask you to seek special education screening, evaluation, and services in your district of residency.</p>
My child is a learner of English as a second language. Does he need an IEP for speech?My child is a learner of English as a second language. Does he need an IEP for speech?<p>Not necessarily. Learning a second language is not a disability. However, if your child is experiencing developmental delays that are independent of language acquisition, the child may qualify for Special Education services. Please contact Child Find at 720-561-5078.</p>
Is cost a barrier to sending my child to preschool?Is cost a barrier to sending my child to preschool?<p>​​​​​​It shouldn’t be: we offer two levels of scholarship for families who cannot afford the full tuition rate—t​uition is free or half price, depending on household income.<br></p>
I want to know if my child is ready for kindergarten. Can my child come through Child Find?I want to know if my child is ready for kindergarten. Can my child come through Child Find?<p>​No. Child Find is intended to locate and identify children with educational disabilities and not to screen for kindergarten readiness.</p>
Can I pick which part of the IEP I want to accept?Can I pick which part of the IEP I want to accept?<p>​No. The district is required to offer free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) to children with special needs and parents cannot choose which part of FAPE they would like to accept.</p>
If my child gets an IEP, how much does preschool cost?If my child gets an IEP, how much does preschool cost?<p>​​It’s free, because of the district’s obligation to offer free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) to children with special needs.</p>
I am not sure we can afford the tuition, but I don’t think we will qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program. Is there something in between?I am not sure we can afford the tuition, but I don’t think we will qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program. Is there something in between?<p>​​​Yes, we have a reduced tuition amount for families who qualify. Be sure to answer the tuition assistance questions in the online application.<br></p>
My child needs help with social skills.My child needs help with social skills.<p>​A major emphasis of the preschool curriculum is social and emotional and literacy development, designed to prepare young children for the social and learning environment of kindergarten. If your child needs help with social skills and you cannot afford tuition, you may qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program.​<br></p>
What do working families do the other half of the day?What do working families do the other half of the day?<p>​​Families looking for full-day preschool enroll children in Head Start, local community preschool programs, home-based child care, nanny care, and/or family and friend networks.</p>
Does BVSD use phonological awareness and phonics instruction in the preschool classroom?Does BVSD use phonological awareness and phonics instruction in the preschool classroom?<p>​Yes, the Early Childhood Education, Literacy, and Language departments have collaborated to align practices between preschool and kindergarten in the district. We use the Creative Curriculum and Fountas and Pinnell phonics instruction materials. All PK classrooms use the same letter name cards, sound introduction, and letter/sound movements as kindergarten classrooms to ensure students academic language and introduction to letters and letter sounds are the same district-wide. This will help preschool students transitioning to kindergarten. In preschool children need a wide variety of direct hands on experiences to help them learn how letter names and sounds connect to written word.</p>
How old does my child need to be to attend preschool?How old does my child need to be to attend preschool?<p>​​If your child will attend through the Colorado Preschool Program or the tuition program, your child must be school age (three or four years old) before October 1st and may start on the first day of preschool even if their birthday falls after that the first day of school. If your child will attend through the Special Education Program, your child can begin preschool on or after his 3rd birthday, even if that falls after September 30th.</p>
Can I choose which school/session my child will attend?Can I choose which school/session my child will attend?<p>​​​You can state your preference, and we will do our utmost to accommodate it, however, final location will be determined by a location committee that is tasked with balancing classrooms according to age, gender, language and needs. Families will be notified in early August the name of the child’s teacher.</p>
My child has lots of food allergies/health needs. What should I do?My child has lots of food allergies/health needs. What should I do?<p>​​Your child’s health history will be reviewed by the ECE nurse or a school nurse and a health care plan will be developed if needed.</p>