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Article 1.5. Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program   

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By July 1, 2006, each participant school district shall enter into an agreement with the Superintendent of Public Instruction setting forth the requirements under the program, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

(a) The participating school district shall make a reasonable effort to identify parents and guardians of children from three to five years of age who reside within the school district and to provide the parents and guardians with information regarding, and access to, services, programs, or methods, to assist them in assessing the level of readiness of a child to enter school.

(b) The effort set forth in subdivision (a) shall include, but need not be limited to, information regarding available care services, preschool programs, and educationally based kindergarten readiness programs. The school district may coordinate this effort with local parent-teacher organizations.

(c) "Reasonable effort" as used in this subdivision does not require that the school district individually contact every potential parent who resides within the school district.

(d) The school district shall provide assistance to parents or guardians who request assistance regarding activities that parents may initiate in preparing children for school.

(e) At a minimum, participating school districts shall supply parents or guardians with written readiness guidelines developed by the department.

(f) Assistance provided pursuant to this section shall be based on generally accepted child development theory and may include information related to social and development readiness and professional consultations with teachers and school administrators.

(g) The participating school district shall make a reasonable effort to collect data and make it available to the independent evaluator, as specified in Section 48005.45.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 227, Sec. 22.)

Reference:

Education Code 48005.45