4-Year-Old Kindergarten at Aspire Academy
We are thrilled to share our partnership with South Carolina First Steps 4-year-old Kindergarten program at our Columbia Academy. With this partnership, we are able to provide FREE educational services to ten children, in a small-group setting.
What’s even more exciting is that we provide a year-round program for our 4K students. Our program runs August – July, Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 3:30pm.
Space is limited to we and we expect these spots to fill up quickly.
Apply online at: www.Free4KSC.org
Required documents needed to apply: birth certificate, Medicaid card or proof of income, two proofs of residence, and SC immunization record.
The process: Once you complete your online application, the Academy will be notified of your approval and will call/email you with additional instructions. Please allow up to 14 days for the process to be completed.
To qualify for the 2021-2022 school year, your child must:
For additional questions, you may contact the Academy Director:
Mrs. Jenni Timms – Office: 803-356-0650 Email: JenniT@AspireEarlyLearningAcademy.com
Aspire Academy also provides a discounted rate of $35.00 per week for our 4K families who need care before and after the program. Our hours of operation are 6:30am – 6:00pm.
Permanently established by the SC Read to Succeed Act in 2014, the SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP) provides full-day four-year-old-kindergarten programs in 64 South Carolina school districts. Centers participating in a PILOT program for 2021-2022 may enroll 4K eligible students from the other 17 districts. Enrollment is offered at no cost to eligible children.
If you’re looking for additional information about preschool programs in South Carolina visit PalmettoPreK.org.
To qualify during the 2021 – 2022 school year, your child must:
WHAT IS FIRST STEPS 4K PROGRAM AND HOW DOES IT BENEFIT MY CHILD?
SC First Steps Program is not day care or child care; but rather a full day four year old kindergarten program housed in faith based and private child care settings due to limited space in the districts public schools.
The SC First Steps to School Readiness partners with high-quality private for-profit, private non-profit, and other eligible providers to expend four year old kindergarten programs through the year. Programs will focus on the developmental and learning supports that children must have in order to be ready for school.
Long term gains in: Cognition, knowledge, Social & Independence skills, and motor skills. All of which leads to academic success.
DAYS AND TIMES OF SERVICE:
The 4K First Steps at Aspire Early Learning Academy will operate from 9:00am – 3:30pm. We will also provide students with a full academic year beginning August 16, 2021 and will operate through the summer, provide summer school to all enrolled students until July 31, 2022.
There is no cost to enroll in the free, full day 4K First Steps program between the hours of 9:00am – 3:30pm.
If you need before and/or after care, the weekly tuition fee is $35.00, which is submitted to Aspire Early Learning Academy.
Unfortunately, we do not currently provide transportation at this Academy.
West Columbia Academy
1103 B. Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29169
320 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29073
1535 Lorick Avenue
Columbia, SC 29203