A Great Start For Your Student
Orangeburg County School District offers 4K to qualifying students as a Child Early Reading and Development Education Program (CERDEP) partner. To apply for 4K, you may pick up a registration packet at the Primary or Elementary School in your attendance zone, or download the 4K Application and Home Language Survey (located to the right), complete both forms and email the completed forms to your child's Primary/Elementary School.
All families with a student who will be four years old by September 1, 2022, are encouraged to apply for CERDEP state-funded 4K. CERDEP is available first to students/families with financial needs, as well as students with academic support needs as determined by the CERDEP/4K screening. Slots may be available for any other students until all spaces are filled.
Parents/guardians should be prepared to share two proofs of residency, social security card, birth certificate, immunization record (shot record), picture ID (of parent/guardian), Medicaid card (if applicable), and proof of income. CERDEP/4K screenings will be held after April 29, 2022.
Orangeburg County School District offers an all-day 4K program. Registration for families interested in our 4K program for the 2022-2023 school year is going on now.
What is 4K?
Four-year-old-kindergarten is commonly referred to as 4K. It provides an enrichment opportunity for children prior to kindergarten. It is a program designed to nurture social, emotional and early academic skills of four-year-old children. A 4K program does not take the place of kindergarten.
Why offer 4K?
Four-year-old kindergarten provides children with quality early learning experiences that help provide a solid foundation for future success in school. Numerous research studies show long-term benefits for children who participate in high-quality early childhood programs, such as gains in cognition, knowledge, motor skills and language. Offering 4K through the school district ensures access to a quality pre-kindergarten program for all participants.
Orangeburg County School District Program Details:
When COVID-19 precautions are not necessary, children will attend 4K five-days-per-week all day on a regular school program. All children are eligible to apply for this program. Applicants are then screened and eligibility determined based on need. Slots may be available for any other students until all spaces are filled. OCSD 4K program follows the OCSD school calendar.
Will all students be enrolled in a 4K class?
Students who show need/screen not ready for Kindergarten will be given first choice, then other students will be given the option of attendance as space allows.
Will bus transportation be provided?
Transportation will be provided to the zoned school following state guidelines. Parents requesting out of zone placement will have to provide transportation.
What if I want my child to attend a school I am not zoned for?
Zoned students will be placed before out of zone requests are honored.
Who will teach my child?
All 4K classes are taught by certified Early Childhood Educators.
What curriculum will the district use for 4K?
The district will use Big Day for Pre-K, which is one of the state-approved choices to be used in a 4K classroom.
Will my child take a nap each day?
Quiet time is built into each day’s schedule. Quiet time does not always mean nap. Students may read, listen to music, be read to during this time to quiet their minds and bodies from the activities of the day.
SC - Early Learning Standards
The South Carolina Early Learning Standards (SC-ELS) describe children’s development and learning from birth to age five. The Division of Early Care and Education and the Office of Early Learning and Literacy in the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) provided co- leadership for this initiative and have contributed critical advice, oversight, and vision on the ELS and its implementation. To view/download the SC Early Learning Standards click on “Standards”.
Parent Friendly SC-Early Learning Standards
There are six areas of growth and experience that research tells us are involved in helping a child progress and succeed. These guides offer a brief introduction to each area and provide samples of the experiences and skills children need to be prepared to move through preschool at three, four, and five years of age. Click on the words "Ready, Set - Kindergarten" to go to the Carolina Family Engagement Center website, to learn more.
Palmetto Pre-K is your one-stop shop for finding free educational Pre-K programs in South Carolina. The Early Childhood Advisory Council, the connector and convener of the state's early childhood serving agencies, is committed to providing support in this joint outreach and coordinated enrollment effort for subsidized Pre-K programs in SC. For more information on this program click on the following "Palmetto Pre-K" to go to their website.
First Five SC
First Five SC began as an idea in 2019 with a simple principle: families deserve a responsive one-stop portal to learn about public programs and services to help with their child’s growth and development.
First Five SC is committed to serving as a holistic tool for families to increase knowledge, choice, and access. First Five SC aims to support communities and professionals who help families across the state. To learn more click on "First 5 Portal".
SCDE Learning Engagement Coach For Families
To ensure students are engaged and ready to learn, SCR2L will provide five Learning Engagement Coaches (LECs), one to serve each of the five eLearning Regions. The LECs will assist families with remote learning instructional delivery, schools with students who are unresponsive, and collaborate with local service agencies for services to families. For more information click "SCDE Learning" to visit the website.