The Kenton County Preschool Program is an enriching program serving children who meet eligibility criteria as defined by the Kentucky Department of Education. The preschool program is available to families with four-year-old children who are income eligible, 150% poverty level. Three and four-year-old children with an educational disability due to delays in their development would be eligible, regardless of income. The family must reside in the Kenton County School District in order to attend the preschool program. The program is available at no cost to the family (other than lunch fees if the child is not free lunch eligible).
Preschool classrooms are located in nine of the eleven elementary schools in the Kenton County School District. Each classroom is staffed with a certified teacher and a teaching assistant. The majority of current preschool teachers are Master’s level teachers with an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) teaching certificate. All teaching assistants in the preschool program have completed curriculum training and receive ongoing professional development.
Children attend the preschool program four half days each week. Bus transportation is provided within the student's home schools enrollment area. Children wear seatbelts to secure them into the bus seat and a monitor assists children on and off the bus. All preschool children eat lunch as part of the daily routine. The teachers conduct two home visits to each preschool family during the course of each year. This provides an excellent opportunity for families to gain direct information about child development and how their child is doing in preschool. Family involvement is strongly encouraged.