Highlands School District
    About the Pre-K Program
    PreK Kids

    The Highlands Pre-Kindergarten Program (Pre-K Counts) is a high quality preschool program that prepares 4-year-old children for the early literacy, cognitive, and mathematical reasoning activities needed to be successful in Kindergarten by using the Pennsylvania Early Childhood State Standards, Creative Curriculum, Everyday Math, and the Harcourt Pre-Kindergarten Literacy Program to increase the students' readiness for Reading and Math instruction. 
    Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of that school year in order to be eligible for the program.
    Highlands offers a morning and an afternoon Pre-Kindergarten session.  The program is currently limited to 40 Pre-Kindergarten students - 20 in the morning session and 20 in the afternoon. Transportation must be provided by parents to and from school and daily attendance is closely monitored.  This program is funded through the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Grant. 
    The Pre-Kindergarten staff consists of a highly qualified Early Childhood Education teacher and classroom aide with support personnel such as a social worker, DART, and Head Start consultants.  
    Collaboration and planning with Head Start and DART has increased the benefits to students in our Pre-K Program as we have solid connections to community-based early childhood programs, providers, and family services throughout the district. 
    Our Pre-Kindergarten classroom is located at the Highlands Early Childhood Center, 1060 Atlantic Avenue, Brackenridge. The Pre-K students follow the Highlands School District calendar and attend school 180 days.  Open House and Parent Teacher Conference events occur throughout the school year to allow parents to become acquainted with their child's teacher, and to receive information on student potential, performance, and achievement throughout the year. Individual report cards are issued four times a year. The aim of these reports is to enable the home and the school to work together to help the student.
    The Highlands School District's Early Childhood Programs are supervised by Dr. Heather Bigney, Principal of the Highlands Early Childhood Center. The Pre-K Teacher is Ms. Marian Ayres - mayres@goldenrams.com or 724-224-5880.
    For more information about the Highlands Pre-Kindergarten Program, call or email program secretary Jaye Misejka at 724-226-2400, ext. 4518 or jmisejka@goldenrams.com.