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Compton Unified School District

Early Childhood Education

CUSD State Preschool Program Information

The Compton Unified School District State Preschool Program is committed to providing a quality educational program that will serve as a bridge to a bright and successful future in school and ultimately in life. At the same time, it aims to provide a positive educational experience in a safe, engaging, and active learning environment.


Benefits of Preschool

Research shows that children who attend preschool:
• Are more likely to succeed in elementary and high school
• Are more likely to attend college
• Perform better on standardized tests
• Have greater opportunities for employment and higher wages later in life
• Develop more advanced skills in problem solving, following directions, and interacting with peers
• Develop better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger math skills than children who do not attend preschool

 

Age of Children Served

The program serves three- and four-year-old children.  Eligible four-year-old children (children who have their fourth birthday on or before September 1 of the fiscal year in which they are enrolled) have priority in admittance over eligible three-year-old children (children who have their third birthday on or before September 1 of the fiscal year in which they are enrolled). .
 
Eligibility And Enrollment

Eligibility for the program is based on documentation and verification of at least one of the following: Income, Current Aid Recipient, Homelessness, Child Protective Services, or At Risk of Abuse, Neglect, and/or Exploitation.

 

To enroll your eligible child in the preschool program, please bring the original and a copy of each of the following documents:
• Birth Records for all children 
• Physical exam/Immunization records
• TB test for children

Source of income verification- (both parents)
   o Public assistance/Notice of Action
   o Social security/SSI/SSP
   o Unemployment Letter
   o 2-4 (recent) check stubs from current employee
   o Child Support/Spousal support
   o Disability/workers compensation
   o Loans/grants
   o Previous Income Taxes
   o Any other form of income

Residency verification
o Light, gas or water bill
o California Driver License or California ID
o Affidavit of Residence
o Rental agreement

 

Education Program
 

The academic goal is to ensure that all children are making progress with their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development.
The curriculum emphasizes:
• basic social and cognitive skills
• making choices and decisions
• language development
• Emergent reading
• emergent writing
• early math skills

 

Curriculum

 

The District has adopted the World of Wonders Curriculum. This program helps to create a rich environment that instills a passion for reading and math, along with a love of literature and the written word.  Learning activities are planned to specifically meet the individual needs of the child.

 

Assessments
Desired Results developmental Profile (DRDP)

Compton USD ECE program utilizes the State Desired Results developmental Profile (DRDP) to ensure that all children are making progress in the domains of physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) is a tool developed by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, to assess the development of children. The objective of the DRDP is to obtain information on each child’s developmental level.  The developmental profiles are then used to plan and conduct age and developmentally appropriate learning experiences.

 

The DRDP-R is developmental continuum, not a test of mastery, that measures a child’s individual growth and progress in 56 measures across the domains of:
• Self and Social Development
• Language and Literacy Development
• English Language Development
• Cognitive Development
• Mathematical Development
• Physical Development
• Health

 

Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale – Revised (ECERS-R)

 

An instrument used to evaluate each classroom for quality
Contains seven sub-scales: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Language-Reasoning, Activities, Interaction, Program Structure, and Parents/Staff.

 

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System Pre-K (CLASS)

 

This is a system for observing and assessing the quality of interactions between teachers and students in preschool classrooms.
The CLASS examines social-emotional and instructional interactions that contribute to student’s social competence and academic achievement. The CLASS measure includes 10 subscales organized into three domains:

  1.  Emotional Support
  2.  Classroom Organization, and
  3.  Instructional Support.

 

Parent Involvement

• Parents are encouraged to be very involved in their child’s education and preschool experience.
• Parents are strongly encouraged to volunteer in their child’s classroom
• Teachers and staff communicate with parents about the program’s activities through newsletters and bulletin boards.
• Two parent/teacher conferences are held each school year.
• Parents are encouraged to maintain ongoing communication with the teachers and to spend time at school.
• All parents are invited to attend PAC meetings to discuss program concerns, help with fundraising, and plan special events.

 

Community Partnerships

The Child Development Program maintains relationships with many community organizations that support its goals and efforts, including:
• St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
• LAUP
• WestEd
• Los Angeles County Office of Education
• Early Head Start
• Jump Start
• First 5/School Readiness

 

Locations and Hours of Operation

McKinley Preschool hours begins are as follow: 9:00am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-3:30pm. 
 
Contacts
Telma Bayona
Program Administrator
 
Monique Hurd
Administrative Secretary
 
Irma Hernandez
Instructional Support Administrator
 
 
Locations and Hours of Operation

The Early Childhood Office is located at 411 N. Tajauta Ave Compton, CA 90220.
 
Open Monday-Friday, 7:00am-4:00pm 
 
Tel: (310) 898-6008
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