Malverne SD Announces Free Saturday Pre-K

Register in January for seven-week program.

The Malverne District is holding registration for its free Saturday morning program for pre-school children.

Under the instruction of certified elementary teachers, the program focuses on language improvement, cognitive growth, and social development for children who will be three or four years of age by Dec. 1, 2013. 

The program is free for interested Malverne School District residents and will be held at the Maurice W. Downing Primary School (55 Lindner Pl., Malverne) on the following seven Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, March 2, March 9, and March 16, 2013. Children must be toilet-trained to be eligible to participate.

Registration for the program will take place at Maurice W. Downing Primary School in the main lobby on Saturday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 am to noon; and on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm.

In order to register, you must bring the following documents: driver’s license, mortgage papers/deed (lease agreement with notarized affidavit, if you rent), current utility bill, school tax receipt, updated immunization papers, and the child’s original birth certificate. 

Todd Hundley January 08, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Who's paying for the teacher's time ?
BigIdeas January 08, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Very nice way to spend the budget surplus.
Gina Genti January 08, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Tara this program has been in district for many, many years. It runs spring and fall on Saturdays and is funded with tax dollars.
Tara Conry (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Thanks for the information, Gina. The press release said "announces" so I got the impression it was new.
Todd Hundley January 08, 2013 at 07:58 PM
So let me get this straight, we take the Frost Valley trip out of the budget (which I was in favor of), and that was met in uproar because of the scienctific aspects & team building aspects associated with it, that the students would be missing out on. So now, we replace that tax payer funded trip (which the students attempted to fund themselves), and yet we allow people not yet in the school system (potentially) to go to Pre-K for free. I was under the impresison that Malverne had a school budget issue, not an attendance issue. We cut teachers, staff, school programs, etc., but having a tax payer funded pre-k is OK????? This boggles my mind.
Tara Conry (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Todd: As Gina stated above, this is not a new program.
Todd Hundley January 08, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Neither Pre-K nor Frost Valley is a prerequisite in succeeding in life. Although, I for one didn't go to Pre-K, nor did my siblings, or my children, and I think we all turned out ok. The difference was we were taught at home as well, by my parents, grandparents, neighbors, babysitters, and the like. For those who bring up the social aspects of Pre-K (interaction with other kids), you can readily attain that at various community programs, parks, Mommy/Daddy & me affairs, and the like. Why not scrap Pre-K altogether, and save some jobs at HTH & MHS.
Gina Genti January 08, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Todd Pre K is absolutely a prerequisite for a successful school career. All research points to this. In fact it has been suggested that Pre K be mandated in coming years when finances permit.
Todd Hundley January 08, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Gina - Do you consider yourself successful? And did you go to Pre-K ? What research do you speak of? I'm sure just as many people who went to Pre-K end successful, as those who didn't.
soylent green January 09, 2013 at 12:20 AM
So , let me get this straight: How can something be free when it is paid for by the school tax dollars collected for Malverne's District 12? We are all paying for this program. I would like to know what is the rationale for this program? For every reference you may be able to give me on the "importance " of Pre -K, I can find at least one to counter your argument. The research supports both ideas. I did not send my 5 children to Pre-K , private or otherwise, because i was not sending my little ones off to a place for 3 hours so they could play.. They can play at home. Nor would I send my children to a place to learn their numbers and ABCs. They could sit at the kitchen table for a hour or so and play "school" ( I do not think the Pre -K's spend an hour trying to teach any kind of literacy...probably only 15 or 20 minutes ). My children did very well in school and in college. They have graduated and all have jobs and they can support themselves. I did not get caught up in the furor or sending my children out to a place , when I or my mother , who baby sat for me, could spend valuable time showing them the basic skills of writing and phonics in a one to one ( or one to five) situation. My mother was not a teacher, nor am I, but my kids have many fodn memories of thse days. Pre-K in not a panacea
soylent green January 09, 2013 at 12:21 AM
we have a surplus?????????
Samantha Parkington January 09, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Gina, I take offense in your words that Prekindergarten is "absolutely a prerequisite for a successful school career". I did not attend, received academic scholarships to universities, graduated with honors, and have a successful job. I would like to know your sources of "all research". This program, errr, ongoing program, is ridiculous. I would be curious to know how many tax payers know that their money is being spent this way. I certainly didn't, and would love to know when this program commenced, and the performance of the attendees throughout their academic career thereafter. How many of the participants stayed in MUFSD? And, as I learned from my collegiate finance classes, just because money is budgeted, doesn't mean it must be used. Moreover, my professional experience continues to prove that continuous improvements through objective budgeting results in coming under budget, saving my company money, and increasing customer satisfaction. Why should Malverne's process be any different?
Debra Platt January 09, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Ask any kindergarten teacher, pre- k makes a difference!
soylent green January 09, 2013 at 02:34 AM
How about asking a High School Teacher? Better yet, ask a fourth grade teacher how much better her students did on their state reading of english tests, especially in the MUFSD
Debra Platt January 09, 2013 at 02:48 AM
" How much better her students did on their state reading of english tests...." It seems like you could have benefited from pre- k, too.
soylent green January 09, 2013 at 02:56 AM
do they teach typing in pre k now? forgive the error..It was supposed to read:....... "did on their state reading OR english exams". You can get a job with grammar check! Thanks so much for the lesson. Good Night!
Todd Hundley January 09, 2013 at 11:48 AM
So this program is supported by taxpayers, and is free for MUFSD residents, as stated above. Being a Malverne taxpayer, if I choose to send my child to the program, it's not FREE! I'm indirectly paying for it!!!!!!! A "FREE" pre-k program would be if OLL or Grace Lutheran, for example, were offering a Pre-K on Saturdays.
Todd Hundley January 09, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Also, Debra, can a child go to Kindergarten (without having been to Pre-K) and be impressive in their actions, learning, etc. to the teacher, OF COURSE! And people - This isn't an issue over whether Pre-K is good or bad for kids, it's an issue in regards to the SCHOOL BUDGET!!! You cut salaries, jobs, programs, field trips, etc. but you have a Pre-K program on Saturdays? Get with the program, this is an easy cut from the budget, and dare I say it, if you cut this program, BRING BACK FROST VALLEY!!!
S.M. January 09, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Nothing is free when it comes to school districts. I'd love to see the research that pre-k is a must for a successful school career. If they teach children how to rudely correct a person to try and make themselves feel superior to others like Ms. Platt does, I'd want no part of it, but I digress... Everything seems fine now, excellent grades, many friends, manage their time efficiently but I guess since they did not attend pre-k they are ultimately doomed. Please.
Kathleen January 09, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Here is a link to articles that might be if interest. http://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/prekindergarten/ http://www.pewtrusts.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=19434 Some kids are ready for Pre-K, and thrive in the structure it offers. Other kids are not ready. Pre-K of the past is not like the Pre-K of today (sadly, IMO). In the past Pre-K programs gave children a time to learn social and pre-academic skills through songs, stories, imaginative play and the arts. With the somewhat misguided and rigorous push of the Common Core Standards, many pre-K programs have become a breeding ground of stressed kids who aren’t ready to actually learn their ABCs, counting or writing their name. One thing you will hear from Kindy teachers about kids who have been to Pre-K , is that those kids tend to understand routines and expectations more. One needs to look at what the Pre-K program has to offer to see if it is a good fit for the child. A seven week, Saturday morning program, like Malverne offers, doesn’t seem to be much. It makes one wonder what kids are actually being exposed to in only seven sessions. Routine? Maybe. A touch of social skills? Possibly. In my opinion, if Malverne wants to REALLY offer a pre-K program, then it should be restructured. If it is to be meaningful, it needs to be broader in scope than a seven week token. Personally, I think programs like the one Tanglewood offers is the best pre-K show around here- kids learning through hands on experience.
Todd Hundley January 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM
AGAIN - The issue is NOT with Malverne offering Pre-K, it's THE BUDGET. Maybe some readers & posters need this amazing experience of Pre-K so you can see the real issue here. It's not about the Pre-K program, IT"S ABOUT THE BUDGET. REALIZE THAT! It's NOT FREE!
Steve Marbieri January 11, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Silly me, I thought it was about the children.


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