What is the difference between a preschool and junior kindergarten program?

Although there are many similarities, the main difference between our two programs are age and depth of school readiness. Here at Mountain View, our Little Cub program is focused on students who are at least 3.9 years old on August 7, 2019, and it is aligned with our Mountain View curriculum which provides students with more advanced learning opportunities and skill development.

Will Mountain View be offering a full day preschool program.

No, we will not have a full day preschool program. However, Mountain View will continue to offer their facility, to the district, for 2-3 half-day preschool classrooms.  In addition, Mountain View will have at least 1 full day pre-kindergarten classroom.

What is the age requirement for Little Cubs?

The child must be 3 years 9 months old by August 7th (no exceptions).

What is the price for the full day Little Cubs program?

Tuition is based on $50.00 a day which computes to approximately $860.00 a month.  This pricing includes lunch. Reimbursement will not be made if your child is absent.  If you choose to withdraw your child from the Little Cubs Program during the school year, a mid-month reimbursement will not be made.

Does the Little Cubs curriculum follow the district preschool curriculum?

No. Our Little Cub program will follow Mountain View’s K-2 curriculum. This program is designed to prepare students for kindergarten or to give older students one more year of extended learning before entering kindergarten.

My child is on an IEP. He/She is serviced through the district and receives his/her services in the part time preschool program.  Will my child have the opportunity to participate in this pre-kindergarten program?

The Junior Kindergarten program abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which provides that no otherwise qualified individuals with a disability shall, on the basis of a disability, be excluded from participation in Douglas County School District activities and programs.  

Role of Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and 504 Student Service Plan:  The Pre-Kindergarten program falls outside of the realm of general education curriculum and is defined as an optional, enterprise (sole source of funding is from tuition paid by parents) program.  Special education services outlined in these plans do not apply to the Pre-Kindergarten program, although specific modifications or adaptations may apply, depending on the accommodations.

​Pre-enrollment meeting:  If it is determined that the [Junior K] program needs to provide accommodations that are not currently in place (additional training or higher staffing levels, for example), and these accommodations are necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the child, the Program Manager ​may request a pre-enrollment meeting with parents and appropriate school team members who have knowledge of the child's needs prior to the first day of attendance.  We may need to delay or suspend attendance if time is needed to implement accommodations (Ex: Staff need to complete specific health and safety training, additional staff needed, etc.). The purpose of the meeting is to gain a clear understanding of the child's needs, assess current and needed accommodations, and develop a support plan.

Parent Responsibility:  Parents shall communicate their child's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs with the pre-kindergarten program director and school principal  prior to the first day attended.

Students who have an IEP and are being serviced through the half-day preschool program and would like extended learning in our pre-kindergarten program will be afforded a discounted rate of $40.00 a day which is approximately $688.00 a month.

Will Little Cubs get specials?

Yes, our Junior Kindergarten students will have options such as art, music and PE available to them.

What are the hours of operation?

Currently, Little Cubs will operate on the same hours and Mountain View Elementary, 9:05-3:50. Once we fill our class/es, we will send out a survey to determine if we have enough families interested in before and after care.  

How does the sign-up process work?

On Thursday, January 11th at 10:00am, we will go live.  Please visit our website to access the sign-up link.  Please don’t hesitate to sign up for these valuable spaces. Based on our surveys and community response, we expect these spots to fill quickly. Spaces are limit to a first come, first served basis and will be time-stamped.  Once a class fills we will create a wait list.