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Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center to Host Open House and Add 20 Tuition-Based Slots to Existing Program


Posted Date: 04/11/2017

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The Magnolia School District will host an Open House at the Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. on April 21, 2017.  The address of the Center is 655 Highway 79 South.  Participants will meet in the auditorium which is located near the gymnasium.  Parents of children who will be three or four years of age by August 1, 2017, and anyone else interested are invited to tour the Center and observe classroom instruction.  At the conclusion of the Open House, parents of children who will be three or four years of age by August 1, 2017, will receive a folder of application materials. 

The Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center provides a full-time licensed principal, licensed classroom teachers and Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialed instructional assistants.  The Center maintains Level 3 Better Beginnings certification and implements a researched-based pre-kindergarten program which meets program standards outlined in the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Better Chance Program.  The Center currently offers services to 140 children whose families meet the income eligibility guidelines established by the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the District will offer services to 20 additional children whose families wish to participate in tuition-based slots at a cost of $373.80 per month during the months of August through May.  This monthly rate is acquired by multiplying $21.00 per day times the 178 days that the program will operate and then dividing by ten months; the tuition is distributed into ten equal installments.  All classrooms of the Center will follow the same standards and operate according to the District calendar.  No part-time slots will be available.  Interested parents of three and four-year old children are encouraged to apply.  If a parent has a child enrolled in the Center during the 2016-2017 academic year and the child will return for the 2017-2018 academic year, the parent must complete a 2017-2018 application.

If a parent is unable to attend the Open House, a folder of application materials may be acquired from the District Administration Building located at 1403 High School Drive after 10:00 A.M on April 21, 2017.  Center slots will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  As application materials are processed, parents will be notified if their child has been accepted to the program.  Priority for the tuition-based slots will be given to four-year old children until 5:00 P.M. on

May 11, 2017.  Beginning on May 12, 2017, unfilled tuition-based slots can be awarded to three-year olds in the order in which applications were received.

In addition to completing forms which will be provided in the folder of application materials, parents applying for ABC slots should be prepared to provide the following:

  1. Proof of Age – Legal Birth Certificate
  2. Up-to-Date Immunization Record
  3. Proof of a Well-Child Screening
  • must have been completed within one year of date of enrollment
  • please use the form provided by the school
  1. Social Security Card (child and parent)
  2. One Example of Proof of Residence in the District
  3. Proof of Medicaid/AR Kids First (if applicable)
  4. Proof of Income
  5. Notarized Statement of Unemployment (if applicable)
  6. Notarized Statement of Self-Employment (if applicable)

In addition to completing forms which will be provided in the folder of application materials, parents applying for tuition-based slots should be prepared to provide the following:

1.   Proof of Age – Legal Birth Certificate

2.   Up-to-Date Immunization Record

3.   Proof of a Well-Child Screening

  • must have been completed within one year of date of enrollment
  • please use the form provided by the school

4.  Social Security Card (child and parent)

5.  One Example of Proof of Residence in the District

All completed applications for ABC and tuition-based slots with the required documents (listed above) must be returned to the District Administration Building located at 1403 High School Drive.  Returned applications will be labeled with the appropriate date and time that they are received.  Interested parents who have a child who will be three or four years of age by August 1, 2017, are encouraged to return the appropriate paperwork as soon as possible.