Intergenerational Pre-Kindergarten Program
The Norman Public School District has partnered with Grace Skilled Nursing in Norman to offer incoming pre-kindergarten students with a unique opportunity to experience daily interactions with the center’s residents through an innovative, intergenerational education program.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, two extended-day pre-kindergarten classes will be offered at the facility, which features two newly constructed classrooms and a playground built specifically for the program. While the academic curriculum is consistent with pre-k programs across the district, the intergenerational program will provide real-world lessons in empathy, social history, conversation skills and more.
Residents, known as “grandmas and grandpas,” serve as reading buddies with students and engage in activities such as music, movement, sing-a-longs, dramatic play, shared studies and ice cream socials. Students are supervised at all times by a certified teacher or a Grace Skilled Nursing employee, who serves as a liaison during daily interactions with residents.
These interactions can enhance children’s social and emotional development, as the program provides a unique atmosphere for learning, caring and cooperation. Students who have participated in intergenerational programs are also prone to feel more comfortable around those with disabilities than their peers who lack similar experiences.
Grace Skilled Nursing is a proven leader in intergenerational programs. The Norman Public School District has partnered with the center to model their successful partnership with Jenks Public Schools in Tulsa. For more information about the nationally recognized model program, click here.
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Norman Public Schools will offer an Intergenerational Pre-Kindergarten (4-year-old) Program for the 2019-2020 school year. This program is located at Grace Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation of Norman, 201 48th Ave. S.W. in Norman, OK.
The Pre-K Program will feature teachers who are certified in Early Childhood Education with a maximum class size of 10 students for one teacher. Class numbers will be increased only if 15 or more students request enrollment. At 15 students, an aide would be added and the total class size could range from 15 to 20. No class will have more than 20 students. This is an extended day program. The school day will begin at 8:05 a.m and dismissal is 3:05 p.m.
Norman Public Schools Pre-K is a voluntary program and TRANSPORTATION WILL NOT BE PROVIDED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Enrollment will not be accepted unless all enrollment requirements for Norman Public Schools are met.
STUDENTS MUST BE (4) FOUR ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2019.
- Beginning May 13, 2019, parents who are interested in having their 4-year-old attend the Intergenerational Pre-K program should go to the district Early Childhood office or the district website to obtain more information and an application. The application card is to be completed and returned and the enrollment materials are to be held until after the Pre-K drawings.
- Parents will complete the application card, indicating their interest for the drawing.
- Students MAY participate in the Intergenerational Pre-K drawing if they are already enrolled in Pre-K for the 2019-20 school year. After the drawing, if the student is chosen their enrollment will be moved from their current site to Grace Intergenerational.
- The application card may be completed immediately or they will be accepted until 3 p.m. on May 30, 2019. Cards may be returned at the Administrative Services Center, 131 S. Flood. Application cards can be returned in person or by mail.
- The drawing results will be posted June 5, 2019, by 3 p.m. At the time of the drawing, application cards will be placed in a box and the cards will be drawn at random one at a time to determine the enrollment list for the Intergenerational Pre-K Program. A list of the students’ names (first name, last initial only) in the order drawn will be posted on the NPS website. Parents will NOT be notified individually by Norman Public Schools regarding the results of the drawing.
- After the drawing, applicants must return the completed enrollment materials to NPS Administrative Center June 20, 2019. Enrollment materials consist of enrollment form, birth certificate, immunization record, and two (2) proofs of residency. All enrollment materials must be completed and returned by 3 p.m. June 20, 2019, or the student’s place will be forfeited. Lists will be reviewed and confirmed after that deadline.
- IF THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS EXCEEDS THE NUMBER OF PLACES AVAILABLE FOR ENROLLMENT AT A SCHOOL, NORMAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CLOSE ENROLLMENT AND PLACE THE REMAINING APPLICANTS ON A WAITING LIST.
- All state required immunizations must be in process by Tuesday, August 20, 2019, (first day of school).
- All other applicants’ names will be maintained on waiting lists at the Administrative Services Center.
- CONFIRMATION OF ENROLLMENT ON AUGUST 5 OR 6 IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PRE-K STUDENTS.