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Developmental Preschool Program

preschool student working on classwork
The Dysart Developmental Preschool Program provides an inclusive developmental preschool experience for children with diagnosed disabilities ages two years nine months to five years old that reside in the Dysart Unified School District.

All developmental preschool classes include typically developing preschoolers considered as role models and those with special needs.

The preschool philosophy at Dysart Developmental Preschool Program is we all learn from one another!  All special education teachers  are certified by the Arizona Department of Education in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. The program is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Child Care Licensing (AZ DHS).

Classroom curriculum is based on the Arizona Early Childhood Education Learning Standards with a focus on school-readiness. Additionally, we utilize Houghton Mifflin Splash into Pre-K curriculum which helps to prepare students for kindergarten standards. Teaching Strategies GOLD is also utilized as our comprehensive and on-going progress monitoring tool of student strengths and areas to develop.  A variety of related service providers such as: Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, school Psychologist and their assistants provide specific therapies based on the students Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Through an integrated approach we are able to challenge all students to exceed at their developmental abilities.

Child Find: Screening Appointments:

Please do not hesitate to contact the Dysart Unified School District to schedule a screening appointment if you have any concerns regarding your child's development. We currently offer free Screenings twice a month. Please contact the ESS office at: 623-876-7022 , Option 2 to schedule a free screening for your child. Screening appointments are available for children ages 2 years 9 months through  5 years (if not attending kindergarten). 
Role Models:

Role model students are always being accepted at Elementary School Sites. Please email, call or stop by your home school office if you would like more information about our program. To be considered a Role Model, students:
  • 3 and 4 year old options available at select campuses. Students must be 3 or 4  years old by August 31 of the current school year
  • Must be transported by their families
  • Attend home school preschool program 
  • Tuition for Role Models is $265.00 per month at  schools that are not designated Title One
  • There is no charge to be a Role Model student in the devlopmental preschool classroom at Title One sites (El Mirage, Dysart El, Surprise, Thompson Ranch, Riverview, Kingswood, and Luke
  • Program is Monday-Friday at each elementary school site

Dysart Developmental Preschool Program
Exceptional Student Services Department 
15802 N. Parkview Place
Surprise, AZ 85374