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Developmental Preschool

Student learning on rugDevelopmental 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 ($250/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.  

To register, please 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.

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.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Exceptional Student Services Department at 623-876-7022


Role Model (Tuition-Based Option)

Student playing with math manipulativesDysart 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 for 2019-2020 will be $250/month for the Pre-K program for typical students attending non-title schools as Role Models in the Developmental Preschool Classrooms at all non title one sites. Tuition payments may be made online or at the District Office.

Enrollment as a Role Model in the developmental  programs is based on program availability.  Students must be 3-4 years old (depending on the school site) by August 31 of the current school year and reside in the school of enrollment.  Dysart is offering an inclusive pre-kindergarten program at 12 of our sites including: Cimmarron, Countryside, Mountain View, Rancho Gabriela, Sunset Hills, and Western Peaks are tuition-based programs.  The following Title One sites free of charge: Dysart, Luke, Surprise, Riverview, El Mirage, Kingswood,  and Thompson Ranch. 

**Due to the fact that there are limited spaces available, a lottery system may be utilized to determine actual program enrollment if determined necessary due to number of interested applicants. **

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Exceptional Student Services Department at 623-876-7022 

Preschool Handbook 2019-20 [PDF]