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Madera Pre- K Enrollment?

Sept 2013

Hello, My daughter will be turning four in mid September and will miss the cut off for kindergarten by a couple of weeks. Currently, she is in preschool at a montessori school that offers a kindergarten class that she could attend next year and then test into first grade. She has a few classmates that are currently doing this. I'm looking into all options and have heard that Madera has a pre-k class (although I think they attend Harding??). Has anyone had their children in a similar situation? Have you been through the pre-K class at Madera? How was it? If so, should I register for this fall? Any help is appreciated! Thanks, soon to be Madera mom

I believe transitional kindergarten for kids who just missed the cut off for kindergarten was triggered by state law. School districts are offering it at some but not all of their schools because their aren't enough kids involved to fill classrooms at every school. West Contra Costa Unified had planned to start one at Madera this school year. But the school board voted over the summer to reduce class size in k -3 which resulted in a new primary class at Madera, leaving no room for the transitional kindergarten, so it opened instead at Harding. A flier, obviously printed before the switch, is here:
If I understood your message, your child will turn 5 in mid-September 2014, which qualifies her to attend public school TK, if you choose it (it's optional, as is regular kindergarten, BTW). Register her at your neighborhood school during the regular K registration time, which is in January or February. In the WCCUSD, they consolidate sites, so you won't necessarily know where it will be located until right before school starts. (This year, it was going to be at Madera for all the EC/Kensington schools, then suddenly got switched to Harding.) Then you go to your neighborhood school for K & beyond. EC Mom
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