The mission of the Preschool Provider Group is to create regular opportunities for early childhood programs and community partners to collaborate with the public schools in order to:
• Enhance the effectiveness of each program for the collective benefit of all early learners in our community.
• Create opportunities for preschool providers to share, as well as acquire educational resources.
• Maintain an ongoing dialogue to share concerns and solutions.
• Provide knowledge of early intervention resources within our community to meet special needs of preschool students.
Through the work of the Preschool Providers Group, community educational programs and services will provide developmentally appropriate, material rich, culturally diverse, experiential and hands-on curricula to meet the affective and cognitive needs of all preschool children in a safe and hazard-free environment.
The Preschool Provider Group believes in
• Endorsing the value and importance of early childhood education.
• Promoting an understanding of how young children learn and develop.
• Assisting in the development and implementation of appropriate environment and curricula to meet the diverse needs of young children in our pluralistic society.
• Reviewing trends and issues and disseminating research in early childhood education.
• Supporting the seamless transition from preschool to kindergarten and beyond.
The Universal Prekindergarten Program is an integral component of the Auburn Enlarged City School District. The program offers comprehensive educational services to Auburn residents who are 3-years-old (3PK) or 4-years-old (UPK) on or before December 1st.
UPK enables parents, child care providers, preschool special education programs, nursery schools, community based organizations, and other early childhood programs to work in collaboration with the Auburn Enlarged City School District to develop and implement high quality educational programs for resident three and four year olds.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What is Universal Prekindergarten?
Universal PreKindergarten (3PK or UPK) provides an opportunity for all three and four year olds to be enrolled in an exciting preschool program.
UPK enables parents, childcare providers, preschool special education programs, nursery schools, community based organizations and other early childhood programs to work in collaboration with the Auburn Enlarged City School District to develop and implement high quality educational programs for resident three and four year olds.
Why enroll your child in a District Universal Prekindergarten Program?
Research indicates that quality pre-kindergarten experiences promote academic success and greater achievement in school. Young children are at their most optimal age for learning.
Which three or four year olds are eligible to enroll in a Universal Prekindergarten Program?
Any Auburn resident who is three (3) or four (4) years old on or before December 1st of the current school year is eligible to apply.
What is the cost to send my child to a Universal Prekindergarten Program?
The Universal Prekindergarten Program is state funded. There is no cost for eligible children to attend.
Are there selection criteria for the program?
Applications are accepted for a set period of time. If during that time the District receives more applicants than there are slots available, children will be randomly selected. Site placement will be determined on the basis of daycare, financial income, and parental choice. Once selected, placement is not guaranteed at a specific site nor can a child's placement be changed once they are officially enrolled.
Is the Universal Prekindergarten Program mandatory for all three and four year olds?
Universal Prekindergarten is an entitlement program. It is not mandatory for parents to enroll their child in the program. However, if a child is enrolled, regular attendance is expected.