Kyrene Integrated Preschool Program
The Integrated Preschool is following all District policies as outlined in the District’s Safe Return to School plan.
Integrated Preschool will return for the 2021-2022 school year with the following changes:
- Monthly tuition will be $85.53/week
- Class time will be 3 hours
- Face coverings will be required whenever social distancing is not possible.
Please note that any student who has difficulty breathing or who is incapable of physically removing the face-covering on his/her own will not wear cloth face coverings, and parents and staff will discuss alternate methods of protection. Additionally, students who have a reason for not wearing face coverings, as pursuant to a 504 Plan or IEP, will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether there are additional accommodations to be made to provide them with the greatest possible protection.
Please refer to the following links to help your child become more comfortable with face masks and specifically wearing them in school:
- Family Communication for Getting Comfortable with Face Masks
- I Can Wear a Mask Social Story
- Wearing a Mask to School Social Story
The Kyrene Integrated Preschool Program offers an exciting first learning experience for both children who are typically developing, as well as children who are experiencing delays in their development. Kyrene's developmentally appropriate, peer-based curriculum is aligned with the Arizona Early Learning Standards and emphasizes early literacy, math, and communication. The Integrated preschool classroom provides opportunities for each student to improve motor and self-help skills, learn leadership skills, practice compassion and acceptance of diversity, and encourage creativity and a love of learning.
Our program is designed to serve preschoolers aged three to five (not eligible age for kindergarten/children that turn age 5 by September 1). Each class is taught by a certified early childhood teacher with two teaching assistants and a Speech/Language Pathologist providing services and support. Classes are kept small, generally between 14-16 children, and are comprised of typically developing children and children with disabilities. This low teacher to student ratio, along with a 3-hour, 4-days per week schedule, provides the perfect setting for your child to prepare for the school experience.
By housing our classes at elementary schools throughout the District and following the District school calendar, our students are introduced to grade school culture and routines to further prepare them for success in kindergarten.
Typically Developing Children
Typically developing students benefit from participation in the only Kyrene Preschool program led by certified teachers, specializing in early childhood education, and the smallest preschool classroom ratios in the district. Students also have an opportunity to develop empathy and leadership skills, as they often serve as role models for students with special needs.
To participate in our program, typically developing children, or children who do not have an identified developmental delay, must have age-appropriate language skills and be toilet trained.
Click here to register for a family contract in Kyrene's billing system and create an emergency card for your child. Once your contract is approved, the Integrated Preschool secretary will contact you with instructions for enrolling at your Preschool site.
Children with Disabilities
If you have concerns about your child's development or if your child is currently receiving services, please complete a Parent Concerns Questionnaire and return it, along with a copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of residency, as directed. Once we have received and reviewed the completed questionnaire, you will be contacted about scheduling a screening appointment. The purpose of the screening is to obtain a snapshot of your child's current skill development and to determine if a full evaluation is needed,
If during the screening a potential/significant delay is found, you will be contacted to set up a comprehensive developmental evaluation appointment. After the evaluation is completed, a team (which includes the parents) will meet to determine whether your child is eligible to receive special education services. If your child is found eligible under the Arizona Department of Education guidelines, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed and the appropriate environment for putting the program into place will be determined.
If your child has a current IEP or has an outside evaluation, please forward a copy of all information to the integrated preschool secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: If you live outside of the Kyrene School District boundaries and your child is in need of special education services, you must apply for open enrollment.
Below are links to several websites containing valuable information for parents of preschoolers and birth to 3 years old: