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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 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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