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The Rising STARS Early Childhood Program offers a high-quality learning and play environment for all children ages 3 and 4, regardless of ability, income or previous preschool experience. The Rising STARS Program assists children to reach their full potential and to increase the likelihood of children’s later success in school.
Young children who participate in the Rising STARS Early Childhood Program will be enrolled in a center-based program located in Deshler. Children will be attending program sessions 3.5 hours per day, Monday through Thursday each week.
At the Rising STARS Early Childhood Program, families can expect…
- Attention to research-based elements of program effectiveness. These elements will include: qualified teacher and highly qualified paraeducators who are trained to work with young children; optimum adult/child ratios and group size; sufficient intensity and duration of programs; a curriculum based on knowledge about child growth and development; an emphasis on age-appropriate language and early literacy experiences; and ongoing program improvement processes.
- A strong emphasis on family participation, in recognition of the critical role of parents in assuring that children grow up in positive, supportive environments that encourage early development and learning.
- Inclusive, integrated programs/services that include diverse groups of children.
- Collaboration with existing services in the community including: early childhood special education, community child care, existing pre-school programs, health programs, and other school district early childhood initiatives.
The Rising STARS Early Childhood Program will be staffed by a highly-qualified early childhood education team. These individuals are currently Deshler Public Schools and Educational Service Unit 5 educators.
The Rising STARS Early Childhood Program will offer enrollment to children according to the following tuition guidelines (Sliding Fee Scale):
Program Tuition (per month September through May)
Special Education (IEP) - No Cost
Free Meal Program Eligibility - No Cost
Reduced Meal Program Eligibility - $25.00/per month
Full Pay Meal Program Eligibility - $50.00/per month
Tuition Invoice Statements will be mailed to families, according to eligibility. Other tuition payment options include advance quarterly, semester and annual payments. Failure to remit payment for program tuition will result in discontinued enrollment. Please contact Al Meier (402-365-7272) for any questions related to program tuition.
The Rising STARS Early Childhood Program will partner with the public school to provide nutritionally-balanced meals for participating children. Children participating in the programs will be served a full family-style meal during daily programming. All children will be offered a daily snack, as well.
Rising STARS Early Childhood Program offers transportation options for preschool-age children. Foremost, families of preschool-age children should carefully consider what transportation arrangement is best for their children. School district transportation will be available as described below:
Special Education (IEP) – Transportation to/from home or daycare provided
Out of City Limits – Transportation to/from home provided
In City Limits of Deshler Transportation to/from daycare provided
The Rising STARS Early Childhood Program requires families to annually complete a Transportation Plan form for each child.