Program Information

General Education

This program is designed to honor the nature of learning for young children. Children learn and grow in developmental stages. They learn best when actively interacting with others and with materials that are interesting to them. Children make predictable errors on the road to learning, and they require multiple opportunities for learning to become embedded.

Active family involvement is an integral part of the program. Families are the first and most consistent teachers that children experience in their lives. Children will make the most progress when families and teachers work together. An early childhood teacher and para-professional will plan age-appropriate learning experiences to promote growth and development in the classroom and at home.

The program is cost-free for eligible students.

Transportation services are available for all children attending during the 2019-2020 school year. Student placement is based on transportation routes.

Pre-Kindergarten age is defined as any child that will be 4 years of age by August 1st of the school year. Based on federal funding guidelines, we must service those students with the most need first. Need is determined based on a set of criteria including a developmental screening and parent questionnaire.

If you and your family are interested in determining eligibility for the general education or Title I program, click here to make an appointment for our next Early Childhood Screening.

Special Education

Young students who have identified developmental delays may be eligible to attend classes that provide early childhood special education. These children, ages three through pre-kindergarten, demonstrate a need for Individualized Educational Programs (IEP). The St. Joseph School District offers a variety of classrooms with ECSE staff, and children are place in classrooms based on their strengths, needs and goals.

The program is cost-free for eligible students.

The Saint Joseph School District Preschool program provides transportation to students whose IEP team has determined that transportation is a necessary related service.

For information regarding student testing and eligibility procedures, contact the Special Services Department at 816-671-4000.

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