A Great Start For Your Student
Orangeburg County Public 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 your local Primary or Elementary School, 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, 2021, are encouraged to apply for CERDEP state-funded 4K. CERDEP is available first to students/families with financial need, 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 30, 2021.
Orangeburg County School District offers an all-day 4K program. Registration for families interested in our 4K program for the 2021-2022 school year will have the opportunity to apply beginning in February 2021.
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.