2-3 Years

AT THIS AGE

HEALTH

SERVICES & RESOURCES

CLASSES & EVENTS

ARE WE READY FOR PRESCHOOL?

 

At this age

2 years

Can I audition for more than one discipline?


You may audition for as many disciplines as you wish. If you are successful, you will be placed in the discipline we feel is the best experience for you. Please book an audition time for your first-choice discipline.




What if I am in grade 11 or 12?


If you are auditioning for grade 11 or 12 entry, you may audition for any single discipline, or as many as you wish. At this level, there is also a Musical Theatre option.




Can I re-audition if I am unsuccessful this year?


Yes! Students are always welcome to come back and try the audition again for their grade 10 year.




What should I wear to my audition?


We want you to feel comfortable, so please come dressed as you wish. There is no specific dress code for any discipline.




What are the costs associated with being in the PA program?


Every year, students in the program pay a fee of $60. This fee off-sets the costs of guest artists, course materials, equipment purchases and maintenance. There are some additional costs for ensemble uniforms and field trips. Students are provided with fundraising opportunities by OMPAPA (O'Neill Music & Performing Arts Parents' Association). Individual fundraising efforts are tracked and can be used towards these extra costs. As a result of Covid-19 and distance learning, there are currently no course fees.




Is there a fee to register for an audition?


No. There is no fee to audition for the PA program. Our aim is to provide equitable access for all student applicants.





3 years

Can I audition for more than one discipline?


You may audition for as many disciplines as you wish. If you are successful, you will be placed in the discipline we feel is the best experience for you. Please book an audition time for your first-choice discipline.




What if I am in grade 11 or 12?


If you are auditioning for grade 11 or 12 entry, you may audition for any single discipline, or as many as you wish. At this level, there is also a Musical Theatre option.




Can I re-audition if I am unsuccessful this year?


Yes! Students are always welcome to come back and try the audition again for their grade 10 year.




What should I wear to my audition?


We want you to feel comfortable, so please come dressed as you wish. There is no specific dress code for any discipline.




What are the costs associated with being in the PA program?


Every year, students in the program pay a fee of $60. This fee off-sets the costs of guest artists, course materials, equipment purchases and maintenance. There are some additional costs for ensemble uniforms and field trips. Students are provided with fundraising opportunities by OMPAPA (O'Neill Music & Performing Arts Parents' Association). Individual fundraising efforts are tracked and can be used towards these extra costs. As a result of Covid-19 and distance learning, there are currently no course fees.




Is there a fee to register for an audition?


No. There is no fee to audition for the PA program. Our aim is to provide equitable access for all student applicants.





Health

Vaccines

  • Children caught up on immunizations from 18 months to four years only need yearly flu shots.

Physicals

  • Kan-Be-Healthy physicals can be completed at 24, 27, 30, 33 and 36 months of age.  

  • Medicaid is the insurance that pays for Kan-Be-Healthy’s.  

  • For families with commercial insurance, physicals can be completed at 2 years and 3 years.

 

Services & Resources

Reno County Early Head Start


Provides high quality services to age 3 while promoting a community culture that respects the diversity of families; has preschool services 518 North Washington Hutchinson, KS 620-615-5782




Parents As Teachers


Home visitation program that serves families within the USD 308, 309, and 313 districts with children ages 0-5 years old that have not yet entered Kindergarten. Services are free and provide child development and parenting information to families through home visits, group connections, and screenings. Prenatal mothers are also served throughout pregnancy to prepare for bringing baby home. Call the office to enroll. 330 Charles Street Hutchinson, KS 67501 620-615-5771 http://www.usd308.com




Healthy Families Hutchinson


Provides in home services until a child is 3 to 5 years old; strengthens families and assists parents who are overburdened by stress 400 West 2nd Avenue, Suite D 620-664-5000 https://www.kcsl.org/HealthyFamilies




Reno County Infant Toddler Program


Provides early intervention services up to age 3 to children who have developmental delays or disabilities; has preschool services 303 East Bigger Hutchinson, KS 620-615-5863 https://www.techinc.org





 
 

Featured Classes and Events

Classes

Hutch Rec Enrichment Activities

start for 2 and up

Storytime

Hutchinson Public Library

Bluebird Books storytime

10:30am on Saturdays

Hutch Rec Swim Lessons

Salt City Splash for 6+ mo

 

YMCA Swim Lessons

6+ mo

Week of the Young Child events

annually in April

YMCA gymnastics

Starting when child can walk

Events

Toy Depot on Main Street

Local Parks

Reno County Museum

Hutchinson Zoo

Hutch Rec

Sand Hills State Park

Blue Bird Books

Third Thursday Events

Family Children's Theatre

Hutchinson Splash Pads

Salt City Splash

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Are we ready for preschool?

For many parents, deciding where to send your child to preschool is the first big education decision. You may be wondering if you should send your child at age 2, or wait until age 3 or 4. Or what kind of program may be best for both your child and your family situation.

Reno County has a diverse set of options that cover many ages, full-time and part-time, and different times of day.

We are often asked what the difference is between preschool and Pre-K. Preschool is a term generally used to refer to children's programs prior to Kindergarten. Pre-K usually, but not always, refers to the year immediately before Kindergarten.  However both terms are used interchangeably so it is important for parents to ask what ages are served in the program that they are choosing for their child.

How do we know which preschool is right for us?

Parents should decide what factors are most important to them as they choose a preschool or pre-kindergarten program for their child.  These factors will vary considerably from family to family but it is a good idea to have a list of questions available as families start looking for preschool.  Families should always visit a program that they are interested in before they enroll a child. Some suggested questions:

  • Is the facility licensed by the appropriate state agency?

  • What are the qualifications of the teachers?

  • What is the adult to child ratio in each room?

  • What options do I as a parent have for choosing my child's attendance schedule at preschool?

  • What curriculum is used and what areas of development are emphasized? (motor, cognitive, language, social/emotional, etc.)

  • Is the primary purpose of your program child care or education?  How much experience do your caregivers have (in child care programs).

  • Do you have a school safety/emergency plan?

  • How are behavior issues handled in your school?

  • May I visit my child while he is attending?  May I visit unannounced?

  • How may I, as a parent, be involved in the education of my child?  What opportunities are there for me to be involved at school?

  • How do the classroom teachers monitor progress?  How is progress reported to the parents?

  • Do the programs priorities match your priorities for your child?

The above questions are suggestions.  They should be tailored to the priorities of the family.  But don't be afraid to bring any questions or concerns to the attention of your child's teacher or the program administrators.  As a parent you are your child's first and best teacher and your involvement in his/her education throughout his early childhood years is key to a successful preschool/pre-kindergarten experience.

 
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