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Article 1.5. Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program.   

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(a) Participating school districts shall offer enrollment in a kindergarten readiness program to eligible children in order to receive funding pursuant to this article. Participation by parents and children in a kindergarten readiness program shall be voluntary.

(b) If the school district implements the program districtwide, it shall offer a kindergarten readiness program to any eligible child who pre-enrolls in kindergarten and may offer it to eligible children who do not pre-enroll. If a school district implements the program in selected schools within the district, it shall offer a kindergarten readiness program to any eligible child residing within the attendance boundary of the school who pre-enrolls in kindergarten and may offer it to eligible children residing within the attendance boundary of the school who do not pre-enroll.

(c) For purposes of this article, an eligible child is any child residing in the attendance boundary of a school or school district, as applicable, who will become eligible to enter kindergarten in the following year pursuant to Section 48005.25.

(d) Priority for enrollment in a kindergarten readiness program shall be provided to any child residing within the attendance boundary of the school or school district, as applicable, who has not previously attended a public or private preschool program.

(e) The kindergarten readiness program offered by a school district pursuant to this section shall consist solely of components designed to enhance the skills that are necessary for success in later education and shall include, but need not be limited to, all of the following (1) A program of sufficient duration and at times that reasonably allow participating children to attend at least 110 hours of kindergarten readiness activities and instruction.

(2) Programs that assist pupils in developing the motor and cognitive skills, including, but not limited to, language development, required to be successful in kindergarten.

(3) Activities that socialize pupils to the discipline of the school environment.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 394, Sec. 7.)

Reference:

Education Code 48005.25