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UPK Plan Overview (Centers Session 1) - Shared screen with speaker view
Anne Senores
50:55
Hello everyone!
Christina Maluenda Marchiel
52:05
Is PFA discontinued for 2022-2023? If not, will the age eligibility be expanded to Feb2?
Judith Baker
52:30
An issue for parents who want to stay with their current program for UTK is that they feel they have a better chance of getting their child in the K school they want and lose that priority if they stay in their current program.
Marieke Nichols
52:39
It is Educational Code that dictates the requirements
Erica Kajdasz
54:27
I also want to know if the PFA program will continue?
Jennifer De Palm
59:20
As a community based provider - I have concerns about the number of 4 year old that will be leaving our centers over the next several years. And how our teachers will also leave to work with that age group, per the districts needs and benefits offered that cannot be matched by a small business. How can the district partner with current providers to support each other to provide quality early education to children and support families?
Marieke Nichols
59:56
To clarify, the 2nd qualification (experience) is a minimum of two years teaching in a US based preschool
Fonda Davidson
01:00:13
Bubble up developmentally appropriate sounds great.....but the multiple subject credential teachers learning how to adjust to work with "young children" seems like a real stretch even if that take 24 units …… the exchange ---transitional needs to be bothways….as we have tried many times in the past..... K-3 teachers learning from Preschool eucators and Preschool educators learning from K-3....but with equity of accepted knowledge and experience.
Fonda Davidson
01:01:46
I am worried too about the capability of the Elementary professionals being about to be excellent preschool teachers with all of the components....such as the family-center relationship
Judith Baker
01:02:16
Those of us who have had 1:8 ratios for 3-5 know that isn’t enough to meet the needs of all the children
Tina Baluyut
01:03:42
Is the expectation to have a separate/ stand alone TK classroom?
Sara O'Neill
01:04:13
Are classrooms being added with bathrooms within the classroom?
Erica Almaguer
01:04:38
Will TK-UPK at SFUSD be a lottery system or are all families who apply guaranteed enrollment?
Jennifer De Palm
01:04:55
In facing a staffing shortage for teachers, how does the district plan to recruit so many teachers?
Fonda Davidson
01:06:18
In the Longview, will UPK become part of the elementary system, or remain with the district's Child Development Department. Sound like eventually become part of elementary. But hopefully I am wrong about that.
Jenny Lam
01:06:50
It's currently proposed the new elementary student assignment will begin Fall 2023-24
Fonda Davidson
01:07:27
Thank you Meenoo, that's helpful to hear and hopeful.
Jarrod Rondeau (he/him)
01:08:24
Will UTK classrooms be play-based? Play-based is the most recommended philosophy in ECE.
Erica Kajdasz
01:09:36
Are there after care providers set up to accommodate families that need longer care at all of these new sites? And are they separate from the elementary children?
Lisa Luke-Lee
01:10:27
It's currently shared that a child registered in TK this year is not guaranteed a slot at that elementary school. They would need to reapply to K next year.
Marieke Nichols
01:11:10
Yes, currently families must reapply for Kindergarten regardless of the school they are attending PreK or TK. We are hoping to change that in the future as more schools have UPK
Jenny Lam
01:12:36
@ Lisa and @ Marieke, thanks for clarifying, I didn't answer the question directly.
Jennifer De Palm
01:13:18
In facing a staffing shortage for teachers, how does the district plan to recruit so many teachers?
Erica Kajdasz
01:14:30
Right now in SFUSD Kinder and 1st are together in the after school programs. Does this mean UPK, K and 1st will now be together? So 4 year olds will be with 6-7 year olds?
Kim Wong
01:14:32
But no transportation, right?
Jennifer De Palm
01:16:09
the current staff have ECE units? and experience?
Jennifer De Palm
01:22:08
Many of us CBOs have worked hard to create community and quality early education, and after school care seems demeaning to the hard work we have put in to get to this point in our field. Many of us would be interested in a role as educators.
Lisa Luke-Lee
01:23:05
Two years of PreK has been deemed of benefit to children who would most benefit. Would the district prioritize the needs of children who might benefit over other 4 year olds and enroll them at 3 for continuity of care?
Erica Kajdasz
01:26:46
I know SFUSD has provided Pre K and TK successfully and I think it’s great to offer UPK to all 4 year olds. What this does is put children in one classroom in a much larger age range than TK does currently. This happens at the K level but I hope great care is taken for this UPK grade because there is such a large developmental difference in older 4 year olds and younger 4 year olds. These differences lessen as they get older but are very apparent in the younger years.
Anne Senores
01:28:51
UTK or UPK be a year round program?
Sara O'Neill
01:31:34
Thank you!
Jennifer De Palm
01:31:39
Thank you for offering time and insights!
Erica Kajdasz
01:31:39
Thank you for this presentation and being available to answer questions. Much appreciated!
Olivia Tsang
01:31:44
Thank you!
Tina Baluyut
01:31:45
Thanks!
Kristen Devine
01:31:46
Thank you
Katia Alvarez
01:31:46
Thank you!!!
Anne Senores
01:31:53
Thank you
Stephanie Vorrises
01:31:54
Thank you for all of this information!
Susan Osterhoff
01:31:57
Thank you!
Cyndee Nieves
01:31:58
Thank you!
Cheryl Horney
01:32:02
Thank you!
Sara Hicks-Kilday
01:32:05
Thanks!