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Title: Welcome to Open House

A Smooth Transition to Kindergarten
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Prekindergarten
Program for Children with Disabilities 2012-2013
  • I have always known
  • that at last
  • I would take this road,
  • but yesterday
  • I did not know that
  • it would be today.
  • Narihira

  • Transitions are difficult for most of us. But
    the better prepared parents and children are, the
    easier the process of moving from one program to
    another becomes. This presentation will
    hopefully prepare you, the parents, for your
    childs transition to Kindergarten. This way you
    will be able to make sure your child feels
    welcomed and at ease in the new Kindergarten

The Transition Process for Students with
  • The transition to Kindergarten begins in October
    and November of the current school year.
  • At a ReevaluationTeam (RT) meeting teachers,
    psychologists, parents and other professionals
    determine if your child needs to be re-evaluated.
  • If your child was previously determined eligible
    for Special Education as Developmentally Delayed
    (DD), the IEP team would have to make a new
    eligibility determination before his/her 6th
  • For those DD children who will be six years old
    on or before December 1 of their Kindergarten
    school year, the Prekindergarten Program will
    begin the re-evaluation prior to your child
    transitioning to Kindergarten. If your child
    will turn 6 after December 1 of their
    Kindergarten school year, then the re-evaluation
    will occur during Kindergarten.

Kindergarten 101
  • The goal for the Pre-K student with disabilities
    is to attend his/her home school for Kindergarten
    with the necessary supports and services.
  • Some children may require more specialized
    classrooms in order to meet their individual
    needs. These classrooms may not be at your home
    school but in a different school in your region.
    This determination is made at an IEP transition
  • Prior to the end of the Pre-Kindergarten school
    year, contact the assigned school and
  • Ask about Kindergarten Orientation.
  • Make sure all immunizations are up to date.
  • Complete the registration at the new school. Take
    a copy of the new IEP which you received at the
    transition staffing. Do this as soon as possible
    before the end of the school year.

Kindergarten Classroom Options for Students with
  • General Education - Regular Kindergarten
  • Consultation special education teacher provides
    face-to-face support to the kindergarten teacher
  • Support Facilitation special education teacher
    provides direct service to student with
    disabilities in the regular kindergarten
    classroom for part of the instructional period
  • Co-teaching special education teacher provides
    direct support to students with disabilities in
    the regular kindergarten classroom the entire day
    or for a subject i.e. language arts, math
  • Resource Room Instruction in a separate
    classroom with a special education teacher.
  • Self-Contained or Separate Class All children
    in the classroom are children with disabilities.
    Students are taught by a special education
    teacher. There are separate classrooms for Autism
    Spectrum Disorder, Emotional/Behavior
    Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities,
    Orthopedically Impaired, or Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing.
  • Separate Day School All students in the school
    are students with disabilities. Students are
    taught by a special education teacher. Merrick
    Educational Center at Ruth O. Kruse and Neva King
    Cooper Educational Center are the only separate
    schools for kindergarten students.

Parents of VPK or Role Model Students
  • This information is for parents whose child is
    already enrolled as a
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)
    Voluntary Prekindergarten
  • (VPK) student or a role model. Parents should
    call their home or
  • neighborhood school in April to let the school
    know that their child
  • may be attending for the next year.
  • Ask about Kindergarten Orientation.
  • Make sure all immunizations are up to date.
  • Complete the registration at the new school.

Help Your Child Be Independent!
  • Kindergarten classes have 18 students in a class.
  • Kindergarten classes usually have just one adult,
  • teacher. For that reason it is important that
  • child be as independent as possible. Here are
    some ways
  • you can help
  • Shoes with zippers or velcro.
  • No belts on pants
  • Elastic waist band pants that your child can
    manage to totally pull up and down on his/her
  • Lunch foods packaged that your child can easily
    handle (i.e. containers that open easily with

School Hours
  • Most Kindergarten school hours are 820 A.M.
    150 P.M. There may be some individual arrival
    and dismissal times at specific schools. Ask
    what the hours will be at your childs school.
  • There is no supervision of children before 800
    A.M. on school grounds. If your child needs to
    arrive earlier, inquire about the before school
    care program (ask about fees).
  • Every school has very strict policies about
    tardiness (arriving after 820 A.M. or picking up
    your child after 150 P.M.).

School Hours
  • If your child will be absent from school, you
    must send a letter with your child upon his/her
    return explaining the absence. Children with
    more than ten absences may be contacted by a
    school social worker.
  • Most elementary schools offer after school care
    programs from 150 P.M. 600 P.M. There is a
    charge for this care and you should inquire about
    it when registering your child.

Kindergarten Routine
  • During the Kindergarten day, there is no rest
    time and usually no
  • snack time. The children spend all day with the
  • teacher. The day often includes the following
  • Language Arts Block (2 hours) (includes Reading,
    Writing, Handwriting and Phonics).
  • Math Block (60 minutes) (includes math concepts
    and math application).
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • Recess

ScreeningFlorida Kindergarten Readiness Screener
  • The Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener
    (FLKRS) is a state assessment program that is
    designed to gather information about the
    readiness of all children entering Kindergarten
    in the public school. This instrument is also
    administered to private school kindergarten
    students who participated in the Voluntary
    Prekindergarten Program (VPK) the previous school
  • The FLKRS includes two screening instruments.
    The Early Childhood Observation System (ECHOS), a
    developmental screening tool, and the Florida
    Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR),
    measuring letter naming phonemic awareness.
  • It is given within the first 30 school days of
    the kindergarten year.

Curriculum and Standards
  • There are Kindergarten grade level expectations
    for either the Common Core Standards or the
    Sunshine State Standards. These grade level
    expectations cover
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • All Kindergarten classrooms throughout the
    county use the
  • same Reading Program Houghton-Mifflin.
  • www.floridastandards.org

  • In kindergarten, students are graded based on
    progress towards meeting grade level expectations
    (Common Core Standards and Sunshine State
  • E Excellent Progress
  • G Good Progress
  • S Satisfactory Progress. Progressing
    toward grade level expectations
  • M Minimal Progress
  • U Unsatisfactory Progress

Modified Curriculum for Students with Significant
Cognitive Disabilities
  • For the student whose IEP team has determined
    that a modified curriculum needs to be accessed,
    the student will be graded on progress in the
    modified curriculum, as the Sunshine State
    Standards Access points.
  • www.floridastandards.org

Progress Report Cards
  • Your child will receive a Kindergarten Student
    Report Card four times during the school year.
    You must sign and return report card to your
    childs homeroom teacher.
  • Interim Progress Reports will be used by the
    kindergarten teacher to report childs progress
    mid-way between grading periods.
  • Make sure that you communicate with your childs
    teacher on a regular basis about his/her progress.

Home Learning
  • All children are assigned Home Learning
    (homework). In addition, parents/guardians are
    asked to read each day with their child for 30
    minutes. Parents can assist with the Home
    Learning by providing a quiet space in which to
    work, explaining the instructions, and then
    allowing the child to do it on his/her own.
    There should be a consistent time set aside each
    day for Home Learning. Television and computer /
    video games should be limited, and if used,
    should be after Home Learning is completed.

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools does not
  • provide transportation to and from school
  • unless the student lives more than two miles
  • from the assigned school. Arrangements for
  • private bus service may be made. (Ask about
  • fees) The school office usually has the phone
  • numbers of private school buses that serve a
  • particular school. The need for special
  • transportation is made at the Individual
  • Education Plan (IEP) meeting for a student
  • with disabilities.

  • Most schools require uniforms. Parents may
    purchase uniforms at local uniform companies or
    buy school clothes in the appropriate school
    colors at most large Department Stores. The
    schools logo can be purchased at the uniform
    stores or at the schools PTA office and attach
    to the shirts.

Breakfast and Lunch
  • Breakfast is usually served by 800 A.M. and it
    is minimally supervised by the cafeteria staff.
    Breakfast is free for all M-DCPS students.
    Parents need to check the times for breakfast at
    their childs school.
  • During lunch, children are expected to go through
    the cafeteria line, enter their lunch number, sit
    and eat without assistance, in less than 30
  • There are usually one or two people supervising
    the cafeteria.
  • For children in separate classrooms an adult
    usually sits with the children in the cafeteria.

Some general suggestions prior to the start of
the school year.
  • Visit the school prior to the first day.
  • Locate the kindergarten classrooms, media center,
    cafeteria, and playground.
  • Show your child where the bathrooms are located.
  • Practice where you will meet your child at 150
    P.M. dismissal. Please note that most schools
    have very specific guidelines for pick up and
    drop off.
  • Ask the school for the recommended school
    supplies needed for Kindergarten. Shop for these
    supplies together with your child.

ContinueSome general suggestions prior to the
start of the school year.
  • Put your childs name inside all personal items,
    i.e. lunchbox, backpack, sweater, jacket, and
  • Be sure your child goes to sleep at an
    appropriate time starting two weeks before school
    starts and wake child up early as if going to
  • Be positive about going to Kindergarten. Your
    child will reflect your attitude. Smile as you
    drop him/her off. Leave the classroom after a
    few minutes. Be there promptly to pick them up
    at 150 P.M.
  • Get involved in the school. Join the PTA.
    Attend Parent Academy Workshops. Sign up for the
    Parent Portal.

Parent Involvement and Participation
  • M-DCPS website www.dadeschools.net (click on
  • Office of Parental Involvement
  • Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) join your
    childs school PTA
  • Parent Portal This is your gateway to access
    secure parent information regarding your childs
    school program.
  • Parent Academy year round initiative designed
    to help parents become full partners in their
    childs education
  • www.theparentacademy.net
  • 305-995-2680
  • Riverdeep Home-Based Instructional Programs is an
    Internet access program that supports the
    classroom curriculum for use in the home. It is
    free with your childs ID number. If you dont
    have a computer at home, use your Public Library.

School Choice
  • Parents have many types of schools to choose
  • Magnet Programs
  • Charter Schools
  • Controlled Choice Schools
  • Bilingual Programs
  • McKay Scholarships

Office of School ChoiceAnd Parental Options
  • 305-995-1922
  • www.yourchoicemiami.org

John McKay Scholarships for Students with
  • Established to provide a student with
    disabilities the option to attend a public school
    other than the one assigned
  • or
  • Provide a scholarship to a private school of
    choice for a student with disabilities

Eligibility Requirements for McKay Scholarship
  • Prekindergarten special education student
    may be eligible to use McKay Scholarship starting
    in their kindergarten year if
  • Student applied for the program prior to
    withdrawing from public school
  • Student has an Individual Educational Plan (IEP)
  • The prekindergarten student was enrolled and
    received special education in M-DCPS or another
    Florida county during the October and February
    funding periods prior to entering Kindergarten.

Meaningful Consultation Private School Options
  • If your child has an IEP and
  • your child attends a not for profit private
    school and
  • this not for profit school has at least a
    Kindergarten class
  • We may be able to work with the Private
  • School to assist and support your child.
  • Speak with your staffing specialist at the
  • Transition Staffing.

North South District SPED Centers
  • North
  • North Regional (9952) Central Regional (9952)
  • Ms. Kathryn Cadieux Ms. Alfredia Robinson
  • MacArthur North Sr. High MacArthur North Sr.
  • 13835 N.W 97th Ave 13835 N.W 97th Ave
  • 305-827-3025 786-412-3563
  • Kcadieux_at_dadeschools.net alfrediaRob_at_dadeschools
  • South
  • South Central Regional (9953) South Regional
  • Ms. Kathy Maguire Ms. Helene Chait
  • SPED Center at J.R.E. Lee SPED Center at J.R.E
  • 6521 S.W . 62nd Ave. So. Miami 6521 S.W . 62nd
    Ave. So. Miami
  • 786-268-4758 786-268-4757
  • kmaguire_at_dadeschools.net chaith_at_dadeschools.net

QuestionsAsk your childs pre- k special
education teacher orAsk your
pre-k staffing specialist
  • Dolores Mendoza and Cecilia Nunez
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Prekindergarten Program for Children with
  • 305-271-5701
  • dmendoza_at_dadeschools.net
  • Cnunez_at_dadeschools.net

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • http//www.dadeschools.net
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools/Division of
    Special Education
  • http//ese.dadeschools.net

  • We are proud of all the children
  • in our program. They have made
  • tremendous progress and we
  • know they will do very well in
  • Kindergarten.

  • Be a STAR.

We wish you well!
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