Q: Does the district offer any programs for children younger than
A: Yes. The first of
these is the district’s Parents as Teachers (P.A.T.) program. Operated through
the Office of Parenting and Family Services Program, the P.A.T. program employs one
full-time parent educator and a part-time parent
educators through a partnership with Lexington County First Steps. These
educators make home visits to interested families of children from birth
through age five, sharing developmental information, parenting support and
educational activities. These parent educators also operate an ongoing
series of activities for preschoolers and their parents. For more information
on the Parenting and Family Services Program, contact Rhonda Wiley, Director or Sheri Stewart, Lead Parent Educator at 926-5743.
The district also
operates a number of special needs preschool classrooms serving identified
three-and four-year-old students. Participation in these programs is limited to
students with identified special needs. For more information, contact Lisa Harmon,
Office of Elementary Special Services or Jo Anne Golden, at 739-4059.
Q: At what age can my child begin attending school in District
A: Age requirements are
set by state law and vary by program and grade level. Please see the
descriptions below for additional details.
Students turning four on or before September 1 of a given school year are
eligible to apply for the district’s Four-Year-Old Child Development Program.
Spaces in this program are limited.
Students turning five on or before September 1 of a given school year may
enroll in full-day kindergarten.
Students turning six on or before September 1 of a given school year are
designated for placement in first grade.
Special Needs Preschool
School District Two serves a limited number of three-and four-year-old students
in special needs preschool programs. In some instances these services are
provided after the child’s third birthday, independent of its timing during the
Q: My child narrowly misses the birth date cutoffs established by
the state. Are there any provisions that would allow him/her to enroll early?
A: School entry age is
established under state law. District Two does not make exceptions to the
legally defined entry deadlines.
Q: I’d prefer to send my child to kindergarten at his existing preschool,
is this an option?
A: Yes. The district is home to many private and church-based preschools, several of which offer programs for five-year-olds. Parents are encouraged to select the program they feel will best meet the needs of their child. Please understand, however, that these programs should be viewed as alternatives to public school programs.