Skip to Content Skip to Footer Accessibility Concerns
Parent Portal
The Parent Portal is a tool for you to stay informed and engaged in your child's education.
Close Menu


two preschool students sharing a bookAre you interested in a fun and enriching hands-on, language based preschool experience for your child?  Dysart is proud of offer top-quality preschool programs that will help prepare your child to succeed in life.  We offer an innovative and educationally stimulating preschool program that features Arizona Early Learning Standards curriculum designed to help children develop skills in eight major content areas:
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language and Literacy
  • Physical Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Creative Arts
  • Approaches to Learning

Our mission is to help your child achieve his/her full potential academically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.  All preschool programs offer half-day morning and afternoon classes in a safe, caring, and nurturing learning environment.

The three options available to parents are Developmental Preschool, Title I Preschool, and Role Model (tuition-based enrollment).

Developmental Preschool

preschool student playingDevelopmental Preschool provides an inclusive environment for students to receive specialized services.  Developmental preschool services students from age 2 years 9 months through 5 years old who have been identified as eligible for and in need of special education preschool services through a formal evaluation process (either through the Dysart Child Find Process or through another district/state process).  Developmental preschool classes are taught by certified early childhood special education teachers and offer comprehensive supports to students as specified by the IEP (individualized education plan) free of charge for students who are eligible for and in need of services through an IEP.

Additionally, there are limited spaces in each class for typically developing students to attend as Role Models in the Developmental Program.  The Dysart Unified School District Developmental program offers a developmental approach to learning which includes art, music, motor, pre-literacy and readiness activities for students who have turned four years old by August 31 of the current school year on a tuition basis ($150/month).  Your child will have an opportunity to learn about the special qualities of all children while interacting directly with each other in an environment structured with their cognitive, social/emotional and physical needs in mind.

Developmental Preschool Programs are located at each elementary school in the Dysart Unified School District.

Students who are eligible for and in need of services for the eligibility of Articulation Only receive services at their home school site for the number of minutes specified in the child's IEP.

Students eligible for Articulation Only do have the opportunity to enroll as Role Model students in our Developmental program.  *All Speech Articulation services will be provided outside of the preschool day.*

Title I Preschool

preschool student at a listening centerTitle One Preschool is a general education preschool program offered to students who reside in the boundary of title schools listed below.  Title One preschool focuses on Kinder ready skills. Title One preschool is taught by Early Childhood certified teachers.  Title One Preschool Programs are located at the following Title Sites in the Dysart District:
  • Dysart Elementary
  • El Mirage
  • Kingswood
  • Luke
  • Parkview
  • Riverview
  • Surprise
  • Thompson Ranch

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Developmental and Title Preschool students attend class Monday - Friday in either an AM or PM Session.

Early Start Schools:
AM Session: 8:15am-10:00am
PM Session: 11:15am-1:00pm

AM Session: 8:15-11:00am
PM Session: 12:15pm-3:00pm

Late Start Schools:
AM Session: 9:00-10:45am
PM Session: 12:00-1:45pm

AM Session: 9:00am-11:45am
PM Session: 1:00pm-3:45pm

Role Model (Tuition-Based Option)

preschool student playing on carpetDysart Unified School District offers the opportunity for students age four years old to attend preschool as Peer models.  Students must turn four years old by August 31 of the current school year to serve as role models in our developmental preschool program.

What does this mean?

As we know, often young children learn best from other children their same age.  We are excited to offer a role model program to foster collaboration, development and tolerance at an early age.  Role models serve as models for students in preschool classrooms with developmental disabilities.  

What does a developmental preschool program look like?

The developmental Pre-K programs in the Dysart Unified School District are taught by highly-qualified, teachers dually certified in early childhood and special education.  We work with young children to help foster skills such as: social interaction, school awareness, and kindergarten readiness.  Our teachers utilize the Splash into Pre-K curriculum which is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is aligned to the Dysart Kinder-6th grade curriculum.  Our teachers focus on school readiness schools along with important social skills.

Tuition is $150/month for the Pre-K program for typical students attending non-title schools as Role Models in the Developmental Preschool Classrooms. Tuition payments may be made online or at the District Office.

Enrollment Information

preschool student writingPlease bring current Evaluation and IEP paperwork to your school of residence.  The ESS team at your home school will review all special education paperwork and the Office Staff will provide enrollment packet for developmental preschool students. Typical documentation required for enrollment can be found on the enrollment information webpage.

Suspected delays may be evidenced in the areas of communication, cognition, behavior, as well as in physical, auditory, visual and sensory development.
Please contact the Dysart Unified School District at 623-876-7022 option #2 to schedule a free screening.

Enrollment in TITLE programs is based on program availability.  Students must be 4 years old by August 31 of the current school year.  The schools' Office Staff will provide enrollment packets for Title I preschool students. Typical documentation required for enrollment can be found on our enrollment information webpage.

Enrollment as a Role Model in the developmental  programs is based on program availability.  Students must be 4 years old by August 31 of the current school year and reside in the school of enrollment.  Documentation required for enrollment can be found on our enrollment information webpage.

**Due to the fact that there are limited spaces available interest lists form beginning in January 2017 for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.  A lottery system may be utilized to determine actual program enrollment if determined necessary due to number of interested applicants. **

2018-2019 Preschool Handbook: 
Preschool Handbook 2018-2019 [PDF]

Contact Us:

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Exceptional Student Services Department or Federal Projects Department:

Exceptional Student Services Department 

Federal Projects and Community Outreach
623-876-7175 or mailto: 


Expect More Arizona                  Child & Family Resources

Read Write Think                          Building Bright Futures

Reading Rockets                            CPLC Parenting Arizona

First Things First                          

Maricopa County Library District