Setting the parameters for selecting a daycare to assist with implementing the district's all day prekindergarten, the Denison Independent School District board of trustees sat at the drawing board Tuesday evening.
Denison ISD Director of Assessment and Special Programs Regina Prigge presented the proposal request for the program to the DISD Tuesday night.
The district will submit a waiver for the program for this school year, but the district is actively looking for a qualified daycare center to partner with in order to share space while providing full day pre-K for students beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
“This partnership will allow us to partner with eligible daycares to allow some of our students to be educated at their facility,” Prigge said. “We'll share roles in the education of the child. We currently have a partnership with Head Start. This is along those lines. Basically we're seeking interest right now. We're having a public meeting to see if any eligible day cares are interested in partnering with us.”
In order to be eligible, the daycare has to meet certain requirements.
Board member Randy Sedlacek raised a number of questions revolving around funding, facilities, transportation and requirements.
Prigge said the goal is to utilize early childhood funding provided by the state to help with costs, and Superintendent Henry Scott said the district would consider providing transportation.
Only programs that meet the pre-kindergarten high-quality components will be considered. The facility needs to be nationally accredited, a member of the Texas Rising Star Program at a 3 or higher, a Head Start provider and a Texas School Ready participant.
The center must also meet the pre-kindergarten requirement under TEC 29.1532 of the Texas Education Code.
At the meeting St. Luke's Parish Day School Head of School Whitney Farris said her school is interested in being considered for the proposal.