Early Childhood Education Department of Lexington District Two 



The mission statement of Lexington Two is: In collaboration with our community, as "Champions for Children," Lexington Two will provide superior educational experiences, empowering all students to achieve their highest potential.


Early Childhood in Lexington Two Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Does School District Two offer programs for preschoolers?

A: Lexington School District Two is home to an outstanding child development (CD)/4 year old Kindergarten (4K) program. CD/4K is open to district residents who turn four on or before September 1 of the applicable school year. Space is limited and acceptances are prioritized through a screening process. 

Students are screened in either  June, July, or August and acceptances are finalized after screening.

The program follows the Opening the World to Learning (OWL)  preschool curriculum, and is designed to meet all state curriculum standards.

CD/4K classrooms are full day and currently housed at:

  • Cayce Elementary School
  • Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center 
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  • Springdale Elementary ( serving students zoned for Pineview Elementary)
  • BC Grammar #1 ( serving students zoned for  Saluda River Academy for the Arts)


Q: Does the district offer any programs for children younger than four?

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 Two?

A: Age requirements are set by state law and vary by program and grade level. Please see the descriptions below for additional details.

Four-Year-Old Child Development
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.

Full-Day Kindergarten
Students turning five on or before September 1 of a given school year may enroll in full-day kindergarten.

First Grade
Students turning six on or before September 1 of a given school year are designated for placement in first grade.

Special Needs Preschool Programs
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 year.



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.



Early Childhood Permanent Record Contents


Grade Level

Required data to be placed in permanent record
 
4k/Child Development Teachers 

4K Report Card, myIGDIs reports, and  DIAL-4 Record forms (pre and post stapled together)

All other individual assessment data may be shared with the 5K teachers.  *This is a school level decision.

Kindergarten Teachers 5k Report Card, Math Pre- and Post Assessment form, ELA Pre- and Post-Assessment forms (Modified Recording Sheet for the Show Me Book and Core Reading Words Scoring Sheet) placed before DRA Continuum and in the continuum only the final DRA record sheet.

Teachers, pleaese be sure to enter on the continuum all required DRA data.  If there are questions regarding the required DRA information, please consult the ELA website.

All other individual assessment data may be shared with the first grade teachers.  *This is a school level decision.


   


    

Attention Parents/Guardians of Rising 4K, 5K, and 1st Grade Students 

Register at the school serving the attendance zone in which you live.

CD/4K classrooms are currently housed at:

  • Cayce Elementary School
  • Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center 
  • Springdale Elementary (serving students zoned for Pineview Elementary)
  • BC Grammar #1 ( serving students zoned for  Saluda River Academy for the Arts)

Criteria:

 Child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017

4K Screenings will be held in June, July, or August by appointment only

Family income must meet Federal Free & reduced Lunch guidelines

 Please note that limited school choice is not available for students enrolling in 4K.    

For more information, contact (803)926-5743 or call your schools main office.


When registering, parents/guardians are required to bring the following information:

  • Birth Certificate from the Board of Vital Statistics of the State in which the child was born. Hospital certificates are not acceptable.
  • A South Carolina Certificate of Immunization from the doctor, health department or military clinic. State Law requires immunization for Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Measles and Rubella (German Measles), Mumps, and Hepatitis B. Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or positive history of disease is also required only for 5K-grade 5. 
  • Proof of income CD/4K only (acceptable forms of proof are current medicaid card, most recent pay stub, or income tax documents)
  • Proof of Residence:  Two proofs required (1) from Group A and (1) from Group B
Group A:  Group B
 Telephone BillMortgage Agreement
 Electric BillRental/Lease Agreement
(rent receipts are not acceptable)
 Cable Bill Property Tax Receipt
 Water Bill 
 Cell Phone Bill 



Early Childhood Links


Family-Friendly Standards

This weblsite provides families with interactive activities to support the teaching and learning that occurs in the state's public schools. The site currently provides material related to grades K-2 in English Language Arts. Additional grade levels and subjects will be available in 2012.


Fatherhood
National Fatherhood Initiative website


More Fatherhood
National Responsible Fatherhood website that encourages all fathers to take time to be a Dad today


Parenthood
Alphabetical listing of many parenting issues


Starfall

Educational Activities