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ADE Commissioner's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : LS-10-023

Date Created : 03/11/2010

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Alice Barnes Rose, Assistant Commissioner
Subject:
Kindergarten & Pre K Enrollment Requirements for 2010-2011

Regulatory Authority:
Act 29 of 2009 & Act 426 of 2009

Contact Person:
Jerri Cummings

Phone Number:
501-683-4497

E-mail:
jerri.cummings@arkansas.gov

PREKINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR 2010-2011
A.C.A. § 6-18-207 states that for the 2010-2011 school year, students may enter
kindergarten in the public schools of this state if the student will attain the age of five (5)
years on or before August 15, 2010.

Act 29 of 2009 amends A.C.A § 6-18-207 to allow students attending a prekindergarten
program to enroll in kindergarten under certain circumstances. Any child NOT five (5)
years
old on or before August 15, 2010, must meet all of the following requirements in order to
be
eligible for enrollment into a public school kindergarten program during the 2010-2011
school year.

□ The child must turn five (5) no later than September 15, 2010, and
□ The child must have attended a STATE-APPROVED prekindergarten program for at least
one
hundred (100) days during both the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years.

Act 426 of 2009 allows students for the 2010-2011 school year to enroll in a
prekindergarten program for children three (3) years of age if the child will attain three (3)
years of age on or before August 1, 2010. The Act also allows a child to enroll in a
prekindergarten program for children four (4) years of age for the 2010-2011 school year
on
or before August 1, 2010.

STATE-APPROVED prekindergarten programs refer to a prekindergarten program that is
accredited and quality approved by the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of
Child Care and Early Childhood Education. For information related to prekindergarten
enrollment, or to obtain a list of state-approved prekindergarten programs, contact the
DHS
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education office at 501-682-4888. For
questions
directly relating to kindergarten enrollment please contact the Arkansas Department of
Education at 501-683-4497.

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