Preschool registration open
School board approves tuition-based preschool plan
Posted on 02/20/2019
School board approves tuition-based preschool plan

Registration to enroll in tuition-based preschool is now open. Preschool will be offered at Firgrove and Maplewood elementary schools in fall 2019 and at Pope in fall 2020. It is open to three and four-year-old students. They must turn three by August 31, 2019.

Click on the links below to register for fall 2019:

Register now for Maplewood preschool.

Register now for Firgrove preschool.

Learn more about Maplewood and Firgrove preschool programs.

In order to provide more options for families and because it is more cost effective, the Puyallup School District will partner with Right At School to offer the regional preschool program. 

This does not apply to the district’s special education preschool which is currently in place. There are no planned changes to it.

PreschoolAfter extensive planning, research, and discussion, the district’s Instructional Leadership Department recommended
using an outside vendor, Right At School, to manage a self-sustaining tuition-based preschool program. The recommendation was unanimously approved by the school board at its February 19 meeting.

Assistant Superintendent Vincent Pecchia says the challenges faced by the district’s tuition-based preschool implementation committee included maintaining a self-sustaining preschool which pays for itself, being able to offer additional options including full-day preschool, and a state childcare subsidy option. The Right At School program offers smaller class sizes and a five day a week program.

“Right At School is willing to design their preschool program to meet Puyallup School District’s kindergarten readiness expectations. Their program already uses a core curriculum that our district preschool committee recommends,” says Pecchia.

Registration will take place directly through Right At School (see links above). The tuition-based preschool will be offered to families who live within the Puyallup School District boundaries and includes: 

  •  Half-day, full-day, and before/after school childcare;
  •  Serves three and four-year-old students, five days a week;
  •  Cost for monthly tuition:
           –  $600 for half-day (AM or PM), which includes before or after school childcare, or
                 –    $1,000 for full-day, which includes before and after school childcare;
   •   Accepts state childcare subsidy;
   •   Five staff per site (based on two classrooms): One director, two lead teachers, and two assistant teachers; and
  •  Projected enrollment of 20 students per classroom.

Currently, Right At School provides before and after childcare at every elementary school in the district. The childcare partnership began in fall 2017 and has proven successful for parents, guardians, students, and the district.

A national organization, Right At School has established preschool programs in Ohio and California.  The district’s Instructional Leadership Department was able to review information obtained from the district’s tuition-based preschool implementation committee that included current practices and procedures before making the recommendation to partner with Right At School.

Stewart PreschoolRight At School will align their preschool assessments and other instructional materials to district expectations and standards. Assistant Superintendent Vincent Pecchia says there will be follow-up studies to assess kindergarten readiness as the preschoolers enter kindergarten.

The preschool programs are strategically located amongst the three regions in the district. This will provide options and local access for families.

Kindergarten Academy
Recognizing not all children have access to preschool, the school board approved the implementation of an early entrance kindergarten program called Kindergarten Academy which is set to begin in January 2020.

In the State of Washington, students must be five years of age by August 31 to enroll in kindergarten. The Kindergarten Academy is designed as an early entrance full-day kindergarten program for students who turn five after August 31 and will be five the following school year. It will be funded by state revenue and there will be no cost to families. 

Current committee work will determine candidate outreach, assessment and screening process, and curriculum philosophy. More information about Kindergarten Academy will be shared with the community in late August 2019. 

Nancy French