Bramlett Pre-K Enrollment Announced
Oxford, Mississippi (April 30, 2019) — Bramlett Elementary School has notified parents of their selection to the Pre-K program. In Oxford, a community with limited preschool options, this process has become extremely competitive, as it is a FREE, full-day program. In the past, the district conducted this process in January/February but pushed the dates back to March/April in hopes to reduce discrepancies created by families who relocate or change their mind.
The Pre-K program received 225 applications for 126 seats for the 2019-2020 school year. “This is the largest group of students we have had to turn away due to lack of space. By building a new elementary school, we will be freeing up seats in the Bramlett building to expand Pre-K in the future. We are not mandated to offer a Pre-K program but do so to invest in early childhood learning that is vital to student success. Early childhood learning benefits our whole community,” stated Brian Harvey, Superintendent.
The Pre-K program for 2019-2020 is for students who will be four years old on or before September 1, 2019, and live in the Oxford School District. Students with an identified need for a preschool program are placed in the program first. Remaining slots are filled on a first come, first served basis as determined by their online application timestamp. Title I funds provide the majority of the program funding, and the LOU Collaborative contributes $190K in state funds as well. No local funds are used for the Bramlett Pre-K program.
Priority is given to demonstrated academic need as determined by a developmentally appropriate screening and financial need as demonstrated on the federal lunch application completed by a parent/guardian. By submitting their financial snapshot on the lunch application, parents agreed that they were reporting honest and accurate information stated: “I am aware that if I purposely give false information, I may be prosecuted under applicable State and Federal laws.” Federal law requires the district to verify a percentage of income information reported on the federal lunch application each year.
“Because our process has moved online, we take necessary steps to communicate about our Pre-K program and provide computer assistance to those who need it. We cannot rely on reaching everyone with digital communication, so we invest in communicating through traditional printed materials for community organizations like the Oxford Housing Authority and the Boys & Girls Club. It is important that all residents have access to information on the programs offered by our district.” said Public Information Officer, Heather Lenard.
The L.O.U. Early Learning Collaborative, under the direction of Tamara Hillmer, supports high-quality early childhood education programs to 4-year-olds at Bramlett Elementary, Lafayette Lower Elementary, Willie Price Lab School, and Mary Cathey Head Start. In 2019-2020, there will be 2 classrooms added to the Willie Price Lab School and the Mary Cathey Head Start program — that may help those who did not get into the Bramlett program.