Sure Start Program:
Sure Start is an educational program designed to help pre-kindergarten children (4 years of age prior to 31 October) get ready for school. Equivalent to Head Start in the United States, it is part of the National Educational goals. The target population includes children of junior enlisted sponsors (due to limited income and/or resources), single parents families, parent(s) non high school graduate, large families with stretched resources, and younger families stationed in isolated areas. Sure Start family income is the most important, but not sole, factor considered in enrollment.
In developing Sure Start, program designers looked to the highly acclaimed Head Start mode for guidance. With three decades of successes to its credit, Head Start was singled out as a “shining star among Federal Programs.” Sure Start strives to incorporate the many features of Head Start which correlate with high quality. These include the following:
A full day program (6 hours, based on the school location of the program), a four-pronged service delivery system (education, health, social services, and parent involvement), medical, dental, and developmental screening for all enrolled children, Nutritious lunches and snacks that take into account children’s individual and cultural preferences, active involvement in the program by families of all children, and developmentally appropriate practices at the core of all programming.
Careful planning ensures that the program environment, climate, materials, routines, and activities are appropriate to the children’s age, individual needs, and cultures.
Sure Start is made up of four equally important components. The education component offers children a variety of learning activities that encourage their socio-emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. The health component provides children with comprehensive medical, dental, mental health, and nutritional services. The social services component extends outward to families, providing referrals and linkages with all of the community resources on an installation.
The mandatory parent involvement component of the Sure Start program is base on the philosophy that children benefit most when parents become partners with teachers in their children’s education. Requirements of the parent involvement component include a parent orientation and monthly parent meetings. Parents agree prior to registration that an involvement commitment is a precondition for enrollment. Also, for more information about the program in general, visit the DoDEA Sure Start Home Page for application and enrollment qualifications call Sollars Elementary at 226-3933 or Cummings Elementary at 226-2641 for more information.
Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS):
Misawa AB has three DoDDS facilities:
Cummings Elementary School (DSN 226-2647)
Grade Level: PreK-6 Areas Serviced: North area housing
Sollars Elementary School (DSN 226-3933) Grade Level: PreK-6 Areas Serviced: Main-base housing and off-base housing
Edgren High School (DSN 226-4377) Grade Level: 7-12, Areas Serviced: Entire Misawa community
When you first arrive at Misawa your child will temporarily attend Sollars ES; as it is zoned for Temporary Billeting/Quarters. When you know where you will be living (on or off base), there is a possibility that your child could be moved to another school, unless you remain in the same zoned area. You will need to register.
All students must have their immunizations updated and certified by the immunization personnel at the Misawa AB Hospital. School Officials require DoDDS Certificate of Immunization Form/DSPA 122.1 (Jan 94) at the time of registration. This form can be obtained at the school office. Contact the Immunization Clinic, DSN 226-6192 for more information.
Passport or Birth Certificate (Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade only).
Copy of Sponsor’s orders with children listed as command-sponsored family members. Navy personnel: Beside PSC Orders must have dependent entry approval/Eligibility for DoDDS Form in order to register.
Previous school records or address of previous school in case in-processing school needs to request records/additional. Include an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and any other supporting documentation if eligible for special education or other services.
Student’s Social Security Number. The student’s social security is needed to complete registration. If you have forgotten your child’s SSN, contact the Military Personnel Flight Customer Service (bldg 653), 226- 3962 for assistance. Or you have not applied for a SSN for your child; contact the Legal Office (bldg 656) at 226-4022 for assistance.
Emergency Point of Contact:
Emergency contact information is required to complete the registration process. Newly arriving families often do not know anyone at their gaining base. Many parents list supervisors, commanders or sponsors when they first arrive, and update their emergency POC once settled.
DODEA Web Site:
Visit the DODEA web site at www.odedodea.edu for more information about DoDDS and Misawa Schools.
The DoDEA Pacific Transportation Management Office (PACTMO) administers school bus transportation for Misawa AB. The Misawa Student Transportation Office (STO) will register authorized students, issue bus pass and assign students to busses. Please call DSN 226-9119 for more information on transporting students to school.
School Meal Program:
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) provide lunch to students attending Misawa AB schools. Children who qualify under USDA guidelines may get lunch free or at a reduced price. To apply complete the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application. Return the application along with a copy of a current LES to the School Liaison office, Torii Building, Room 1458. If your spouse is also employed, a wage earning statement is required. Applications are available in the Schools Liaison office in the Torii Building (email@example.com) and at the schools.
For more information about pursuing a degree while stationed at Misawa visit the Navy College web site.