CES Preschool

Half-day prekindergarten is available at Clarksville Elementary School for a handful of children. There are eight spots available for children with typical needs and eight spots for children with special needs. The morning program runs from 8:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. and the afternoon from 12:05 p.m. to 3:05 p.m., both Monday through Thursday. The annual fee for preschool is $250 and is not waived, even if the student is eligible for free/reduced lunch. The preschool program is available to students between the ages of 3 and 5 years old and is affiliated with Madison Area Educational Special Services Unit. Please note that any 3-year-old accepted into the program must have special needs. Student’s birth certificate and up-to-date immunization record must be on file before he/she starts school. For more information on this program, email preschool teacher Julie Seigle (jseigle@clarksvilleschools.org) or principal Mindy Dablow (mdablow@clarksvilleschools.org).

Special needs

Because Clarksville Community Schools is a member of the Madison Special Services Unity, services such as transportation, physical therapy, occupational therapy and health services are provided to students who require them in order to benefit from their special education program at no additional cost to families.

Open House

Each year, the preschool program hosts an open house to familiarize parents with the program and allow them a chance to register. The next open house is Tuesday, April 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the preschool room at Clarksville Elementary School, 700 Randolph Ave, Clarksville.

Preschool Program Objectives

Objectives emphasized throughout the preschool day are developmentally appropriate for each child’s age, interests and unique needs. An integrated curriculum is emphasized with tasks in each skill area carefully intervowen through all activites and lessons.

Programs and objectives commonly part of a preschooler’s school day include:

READINESS SKILLS

  • Opportunities to feel, touch, see, taste and listen
  • General concepts such as color, shape and size
  • Matching/categorizing/classifying objects and pictures
  • Listening to songs books, stories
  • Identifying some printed alphabet letters by name
  • Counting by ones to 10 or higher

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Naming and describing  actual or pictured objects
  • Pointing to a wide variety of objects when named
  • Following directions
  • Understanding meanings of nonverbal and verbal cues
  • Expressing familiar routines or telling simple narratives
  • Progressing in clarity of pronunciations

MOTOR SKILLS

  • Manipulating blocks, beads, puzzles, pegs, etc.
  • Scribbling, tracing, imitating, copying
  • Drawing lines, shapes, simple pictures, letters
  • Developing pincer control in picking up small objects
  • Walking up and down stairs
  • Catching and throwing

PERSONAL CARE SKILLS

  • Recognizing common dangers
  • Responding appropriately during fire/emergency drills
  • Eating, dress and undressing
  • Toileting and personal grooming skills

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SKILLS

  • Sharing and taking turns
  • Initiating play situations
  • Learning how to make and keep friends
  • Using good manners
  • Connection actions and consequence

Inclement Weather

The preschool program is a part of the public school system and will close only when Clarksville Community Schools are not in session. Please note that public schools only close in extreme weather. It is your responsibility to consider your child’s best interests and safety in determining whether to send them to preschool when weather presents potentially dangerous driving conditions. Announcements of school closings are made on local radio and television stations or you may sign-up for text alerts by visiting this site. If the weather forces a two-hour opening delay, morning preschool classes will not be held. Afternoon classes will be held as scheduled.

School Calendar

The preschool program follows the district’s school calendar, with some minor differences to allow for registration and conferences.

Medical Policy

When a student has a fever or is vomiting, please keep them at home. He or she should be episode free for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child becomes ill or appears to have a health-related problem while at school, you will be contacted by the teacher or school nurse requesting that your child be picked up as soon as possible. These precautions are for the safety of your child and their classmates.

Please notify the teacher if your child has any food or drink allergies. If your child has specific health problems that need to be monitored within the classroom setting, a health or emergency services plan may be developed and shared with all school personnel so that all are prepared in case of an emergency.

Attendance 

Attending school regularly enables your child to become familiar with teachers and classmates as well as the day-to-day routines. If your child seems to be having a difficult time getting read for school or getting on the bus, plase discuss this with the teacher. Some separation anxiety at this age is not at all uncommon. The children are most often fine after arriving at school and becoming involved in familiar and fun activities.

Once a student has accumulated five absences, all future absences must be documented with a physician statement. Failure to provide this documentation may result in removal from the program due to excessive absenteeism and we will chose a child from the waiting list to fulfill the spot. Your money will not be reimbursed.

Frequent, unnecessary tardiness disrupts a child’s learning and interrupts the learning process of the class as well. Please note that if your child is tardy to school, no lunch or breakfast will be served.