DPS ‘Young Fives’ program starts in fall

Lindbergh will host new program open to all district residents.

DEARBORN — Parents have until June 15 to enroll their child in a Dearborn Public Schools program starting in the fall designed for students who are age-eligible for kindergarten, and require additional time to develop their emotional, social, physical, and cognitive and academic skills.

Children attend “Young Fives” five full days per week, follow the DPS calendar, and participate in all activities at Lindbergh Elementary School, 500 N. Waverly. The program is part of the K-12 state-funded public school program. There are no fees or tuition.

An eligible participant must be able to demonstrate the ability to participate in developmentally appropriate classroom and social activities as well as to attend to personal needs independently. This additional year will allow students to develop at an individual pace yet provide opportunities to explore all academic and enrichment areas provided to kindergarten students.

At the completion of the program, children will attend either a full year of kindergarten at their home school or be recommended for first grade based on individual growth as determined by the school team working with parents.

Eligible children must be 5 years old by Dec. 1 with a waiver on file for children with birthdates after Nov. 1. The waiver must be filed by June 1. Special consideration will be given to applicants with birthdates between June 1 and Nov. 1.

All families are expected to participate in school and PTA functions as well as to volunteer whenever available. All children are expected to maintain on time and regular attendance at school.

Parents are responsible for transportation to Lindbergh.

For application information, call Student Services at 313-827-3094. Registration information may be completed at the DPS Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette, or at Lindbergh (313-827-6300).