13A.06.02.05

.05 Local School System Responsibilities.

A local school system shall:

A. A local school system shall:

(1) Develop and maintain a policy for determining the eligibility and selection of prekindergarten sites as well as the eligibility of 4-year-old students for prekindergarten programs consistent with the requirements of this chapter;

(2) Develop criteria in reference to Regulation .03B and C of this chapter that establishes procedures to include children in the prekindergarten program who are not eligible under Regulation .03A of this chapter;

(3) Operate the prekindergarten educational program 5 days per week for a minimum of 2.5 hours per day consistent with the school calendar approved by the local board;

(4) Analyze the Department-approved kindergarten assessment system information described in COMAR 13A.08.01.02-3 to evaluate the effectiveness of the prekindergarten program, and make necessary adjustments to the prekindergarten instructional program;

(5) Provide data in the Bridge to Excellence Master Plan needs assessment to indicate progress on prekindergarten program goals;

(6) Provide staffing for each session of prekindergarten to include a teacher who possesses a current State professional certificate in early childhood education and a para-professional with a minimum of a high school diploma, or its equivalent, or a CDA;

(7) Align each prekindergarten program with the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum;

(8) Based on the September 30 enrollment count, maintain an average staff to student ratio of 1:10 with an average of 20 students per classroom; and

(9) Provide responses to Department requests for information and data related to the operation of the prekindergarten program.

B. A qualified vendor shall:

(1) Maintain State or national early childhood program accreditation;

(2) Have the capacity to meet the responsibilities identified in this regulation;

(3) Be licensed to operate a child care center pursuant to COMAR 13A.16; and

(4) Provide responses to Department requests for information and data related to the operation of the prekindergarten program.