Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Programs

Special Education Developmental Preschool

UPSD offers a Developmental Preschool Program for children, ages three through five, who have a wide range of needs – from moderate delays in a single area to more severe delays in multiple areas. The program is staffed by qualified professionals, including: early childhood special education teachers, school psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, and other related service educators. Home visits are also offered to help coordinate the child’s educational program between home and school.

Our Special Education Developmental Preschool Program provides an educational opportunity for children from three to five years of age who are experiencing developmental delays. The developmental delay may be in one or more of the following areas: communication, fine or gross motor skills, pre-academic/cognitive, adaptive skills, and/or personal-social skills.

Services for students in the preschool who are eligible for special education are determined by each student’s individualized education program (IEP). The IEP is developed by the educational team in partnership with the family to address the student’s special needs. Services generally include classroom instruction and additional related services as necessary (e.g., vision, speech/language services, or occupational or physical therapy). Students in the special education preschool program learn in an integrated environment with typically developing peers. Staff also works with families to share learning strategies, goals, and to provide mutual support.

Childfind: Prospective students may be referred by their physician, a birth-to-three program, or are identified through the district’s Childfind (a multidisciplinary screening process). Free screenings (Childfind) are offered several times throughout the school year to determine a child’s needs and eligibility. Parents who are concerned about their child’s development, may call the Special Services Office at 566-5645 to register their child for a Childfind screening.

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Other Preschool Programs:

· Integrated Community Preschool

Our Integrated Community Preschool Program is a tuition based program for children 3 and 4 years of age combined with children who qualify for special education services. In this program, children will learn in a structured, nurturing, and integrated teaching environment. Children with special needs will receive their IEP services within the preschool classroom.

For information about our Integrated Community Preschool, contact Allison Drago at the Educational Service Center, (253)566-5600, regarding registration procedures and availability.

· Early Childhood Educational Assistance Program

(ECEAP) is a state-funded program for children from low-income families who are age four by August 31. Children who are age four by December 31 may also qualify if space is available. The program is similar to the federally funded Head Start Program. Children qualify for this program on the basis of the family income. The program is coordinated and staffed through the Pierce County Community Action Agency.

University Place School District provides school space and administrative assistance to ensure services for children in our district who qualify.