Who will a public Pre K program serve?
RSU 21’s public Pre K program will serve all children in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel who turn 4 before October 15th. Students turning 5 before or on October 15th will not be eligible, as they are kindergarten age.
Where will the public Pre K program be located?
The public Pre K program will be housed at Kennebunk Elementary School for students from all three towns. Each classroom will be a full-sized classroom at KES with a bathroom in it. These beautiful classrooms are 800-1,000 square feet with large bright windows.
How do I sign my child up?
You will need to visit www.rsu21.net to register your child for Pre K. There is also a link provided at the top of this page. Registration is typically opened for the following year in early March.
What does the registration process entail?
Registration is a two step process. The first is to fill out the online registration. The second step is to collect the required paperwork along with the notarized residency affidavit and schedule an appointment to bring it to Kennebunk Elementary School.
I have registered my child, what will happen next?
The first step will be for you to bring your child to an assigned screening date scheduled for May. This screening is mandated by federal law prior to entry into public school.
Next, you and your child will be invited to a baseline assessment appointment during the first two RSU 21 school days. Parents will have the opportunity to see the classrooms and ask teachers and administrators any lingering questions. School will start for Pre K students on the third day of the RSU 21 calendar, alongside kindergarten students.
What does the Pre K program look like?
The program encourages whole child development through active play and thematic units. Each classroom is staffed by one teacher and one educational technician. All of the teachers hold Maine Early Childhood Teacher certification and have experience with this age level. All pre K staff are certified under Maine Roads to Quality as well. The program focuses on Maine’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Pre K students will participate in short Allied Arts classes on a rotational basis, and the teachers will integrate the arts, music, and physical education skills into the daily classroom routines.
Will transportation be provided?
Transportation will be available on RSU 21 school buses for those families that are interested. Parents will also have the option to drop off and pick up their students. If you live in Kennebunkport or Arundel, a shuttle bus from ML Day and Consolidated will be provided to and from KES each day.
Will food be provided?
A healthy breakfast/snack and lunch will be available for purchase through the RSU 21 Nutrition Program. School meals will be served in the classroom family-style. Participation in the school nutrition program is strongly recommended, as it will provide opportunities for social skill development. Alternatively, families may choose to pack lunches and snacks for students.
Will there be before and after care?
Parents who need to extend their child’s day should contact the Parks and Recreation Department in their town. Transportation of students to and from their hometown schools for before and after care will be available through RSU 21. RSU 21 does not provide before and after care for students.
What health and medical information will I need to provide about my child?
Students will need to be up to date on their immunizations in accordance with the Maine Department of Education’s regulations and the Bureau of Health Immunization Program.
Do Pre K students need to be toilet trained?
While we highly encourage parents to work on toilet training prior to enrollment, it is not a requirement to enter the program.
What if I have more questions?
Please email Ellen Towne with further questions.