Preschool Enrollment Information
Preschool Enrollment Protocol
We are excited to offer families, in our communities, a wonderful educational opportunity for their children! Little Griffins Preschool located at the elementary building offers a high-quality educational environment where children age 4 on or before July 31st of the calendar year, can learn and grow in a variety of ways. We offer an all-day preschool program on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Family interaction and involvement is essential to an early childhood education program. The goal of our preschool program is to create a learning environment that includes you, the parent/guardian of the preschool child. Mrs. Kostal will conduct two home visits per year with each family. The initial meeting will include an assessment of the child's strengths. Goals will be set for the child following the initial parent meeting. The second home visit will be during the second semester. This home visit will include transition information for next year's program or to kindergarten. Diller-Odell Public Schools will share resources with parents and relay information about the developmental stages and growth of your child.
Diller-Odell Public School has chosen the Teaching Strategies Gold for our early childhood education assessment tool. It is comprehensive in design, which will aid the teachers in creating age-appropriate themes. This assessment system describes what kind of experiences a preschool should provide, how to work with children at different developmental levels, and how to involve families in the program to ensure they are developing age appropriately.
The Little Griffins Preschool will offer enrollment to children according to the following tuition guidelines (Sliding Fee Scale):
Little Griffins Program Tuition (per month August through May)
Special Education (IEP): No Cost
Free Meal Program Eligibility: No Cost
Reduced Meal Program Eligibility: $55.00/per month
Full Pay Meal Program Eligibility: $110.00/per month
Annual tuition is to be made in nine payments of $110 for Full Pay Meal Program eligibility. The first payment is due on or before August 15th and covers tuition for August and May combined. Subsequent payments are to be paid on the first of each month beginning September 1st. Other tuition payment options include advance quarterly, semester, and annual payments. Failure to remit payment for program tuition will result in discontinued enrollment.
The Little Griffins Preschool will provide nutritionally-balanced meals for participating children. All children will be offered a daily snack, as well. If participation is chosen, the following are meal program costs:
Meal Program (4 days per week)
Free Meal Eligibility: No Cost
Reduced Meal Eligibility: $0.30 (Breakfast) and $0.40 (Lunch)
Full Pay Eligibility: $1.75(Breakfast) and $2.50 (Lunch)
♦ Please Note: The following lunch prices will change when the new state guidelines are released in July and advance
Diller-Odell Public Schools preschool enrollment guidelines are set in order to maximize the support and potential of students in need within our communities. Little Griffins Preschool registration will officially start on January 1 and it will run until March 15. Parents will be notified of acceptance into Little Griffins Preschool after April 1 of the current year.
Priority for enrollment into the Little Griffins Preschool program is based on the following indicators in order of importance:
1. Children living within the district boundaries.
2. Preschool Eligible,
a. Must be 4 on or before July 31 of the current year, for the all-day 4-year-old program located in Diller- Odell Elementary School.
3. Income Eligibility
4. Students with Disabilities
5. English Learners, and
6. Date of Completion of the Preschool Application.
Please return the enclosed forms to Little Griffins Preschool, PO Box 8, 315 Smith Street, Diller, NE 68342. Forms can also be given to Dawn at the Elementary office in Diller. For your child to attend preschool, please include a copy of your child's current immunization records and birth certificate, which will be due prior to the start of preschool in the fall.
Families will be notified of formal acceptance once applications have been received. Handbook and policy information will be presented to the families prior to the start of preschool through the district website.