The prekindergarten schedule will be published in the public school informational calendar and meet five days a week for 2 ½ hours per day.
MSDE requires that local school systems develop their own policies and procedures for implementing prekindergarten program in accordance with state regulations. Under these regulations, a prekindergarten site typically operates a morning and afternoon session five days a week for a minimum of 2.5 hours daily per session consistent with the local school system calendar. Each session has an average of 20 students and is staffed with one state-certified early childhood teacher and a qualified full-time assistant. Local school systems are required to implement prekindergarten content standards, and many school systems use the MSDE prekindergarten quality standards that define program management, the quality of early education in the classroom, staff development, and procedures for communication with kindergarten teachers.