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22 Pa. Code § 405.2. Definitions.

§ 405.2. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Act—Article XV-D(b) of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. § §  15-1511-D—15-1516-D), added by the act of July 20, 2007 (P. L. 278, No. 45).

   Approved provider—An eligible provider that has been approved by the Department to offer prekindergarten under the act.

   At-risk child—A child who is at risk of educational failure because of poverty, economic disadvantage, limited English proficiency, academic difficulties, or individual or community factors.

   CDA—Child Development Associate credential.

   Department—The Department of Education of the Commonwealth.

   Eligible applicant—Any of the following entities:

     (i)   A school district.

     (ii)   A Head Start program.

     (iii)   A nursery school licensed under the Private Academic Schools Act (24 P. S. § §  6701—6721).

     (iv)   A regulated child day care center or a group day care home that is designated a STAR 3, or higher under the Keystone STARS quality rating system established by the Department of Public Welfare, as of the beginning of the 2009-2010 program year.

     (v)   A third party entity that will carry out fiduciary and other lead agency responsibilities for entities eligible to operate program classrooms.

   Eligible provider—An eligible provider as defined in section 1511-D of the act (24 P. S. §  15-1511-D). A child day care center or group day care home must have been designated a STAR 3, or higher under the Keystone STARS quality rating system established by the Department of Public Welfare as of the beginning of the 2009-2010 program year.

   Eligible student—An eligible student as defined in the section 1511-D of the act.

   Grant—An award of funds by the Department for the purposes of carrying out the Program.

   Identified developmental delay or disability—As used in this chapter, a child who has a written Individualized Education Program under Chapter 14 (relating to special education services and programs) and the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (20 U.S.C.A. § §  1400—1419).

   Lead agency—An entity that submits an application for funding and will undertake reporting, recordkeeping, compliance and fiduciary responsibilities for the members of a partnership under the grant.

   Location—The site, place or address where Program services are provided.

   Partner—One, or more, entities that are in a formal relationship with a lead agency to provide Program services using grant funds and that have signed a written partnership agreement.

   Partnership agreement—The written document that specifies the roles and responsibilities of all entities in the partnership established to provide Program services using grant funds.

   Program—The PA Pre-K Counts Program established under the act.

   Program year—The school year during which Program services are delivered to children enrolled in the program.

   Teacher—The primary teacher in the classroom who is responsible for the instruction of children and meets the requirements in §  405.44 (relating to staffing and professional development).

   Teacher aide—A paraprofessional who provides instructional support to students, including those who do one or more of the following:

     (i)   Provide one-on-one tutoring if tutoring is scheduled at a time when a student would not otherwise receive instruction from a teacher.

     (ii)   Assist with classroom management, by organizing instructional materials.

     (iii)   Provide instructional assistance in a computer laboratory.

     (iv)   Conduct parental involvement activities.

     (v)   Provide instructional support in a library or media center.

     (vi)   Act as a translator.

     (vii)   Provide instructional support services under the direct supervision of the primary teacher.

Cross References

   This section cited in 22 Pa. Code §  49.31 (relating to criteria for eligibility); 22 Pa. Code §  49.82 (relating to Instructional I); and 22 Pa. Code §  405.11 (relating to eligible provider).

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