Parents who live in Title I school zones with children who are 3 years old by Sept. 1 can apply for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Thriving Threes and Me Early Learning Program. The application launches online Tuesday, Sept. 1 and children must meet certain criteria for program acceptance.
The program features a two-generation approach, meaning parents participate in the program along with their child in order to help the child receive a strong educational foundation. The goal is to provide families with resources and skills to help their children achieve academic and personal success. The program starts for the 2020-21 school year on Monday, Sept. 21 in a virtual format.
Students eligible for the program must be three by Sept. 1 of this year and live in a Title I school zone. Title I schools include C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Indian Head, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, J.P. Ryon, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and Eva Turner elementary schools. Each school has 30 spaces for the program and enrollment priority is given to children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Application information is posted on the CCPS website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/online-registration-ql. CCPS offers ParentVue, an online parent portal that connects with the CCPS student information system, for online enrollment. Parents with children already enrolled in the school system can use the online registration menu option in ParentVue to submit an application for the program. Parents new to CCPS must first create an account to apply online and need a valid email address. Directions on creating an account are posted here.
Families will be notified of their application status within three weeks of submission.
Families of children accepted in the program must attend a minimum of three workshops and a mandatory orientation. For the start of the program, workshops and orientations will be held virtually and arranged by school staff. Families will also be required to participate in monthly virtual home visits.
Students in the program will receive a laptop or iPad at request, as well as an Internet hot spot if needed. When schools return to in-person learning, transportation for children is not provided. Title I staff can provide families with VanGo transportation passes.
Families with questions can contact the Title I Office at 301-392-5520.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).