Early Childhood

Spring Hill Preschool Program: Building Together the Foundations for our Future
The Spring Hill Elementary Preschool Program primarily serves children with developmental delays, however, we also have spots for peers and State Preschool Program students. The Early Childhood Staff is committed to supporting the families of young children within our community. Research shows that the experiences and learning that occur prior to entering kindergarten greatly impact children's success in elementary school. All children develop at different rates. Although, children who are developing slower or in a different way than their peers, may be at risk for future learning problems. Eligibility for services, for our peer model program, and for our State Preschool Program are determined through screenings.

Screenings

Screenings are held monthly for all children 3-5 years of age (and not kindergarten eligible) to determine appropriate placement. For more information, please call the Special Services Early Childhood office at 913-592-7104.

Early Childhood Programs We Offer banner

Program

Days

Qualifications

Fees

 Additional Information

Early Childhood
Special Education

M-TH

 

$85/yr

 Consumable fees may be waived for families that meet qualifying free lunch income levels

State Preschool Program

M-F

 

None

 

Peer Model Program

M-TH

 

$140/mo

 

Screening Services

 

None

None

 


State Preschool Program:

Some children who are 4 before August 31 and meet certain eligibility criteria may qualify for the State Preschool Program. The purpose of this program is to provide a quality early learning environment for children who are 4 years old. Some of the eligibility criteria include: living in a single parent home, limited English proficiency, born to a teenage parent, parents who lack a high school diploma or GED, or were referred by SRS.


Peer Models
: We also screen children to be peer models. The peer model program provides an opportunity for typically developing children to be integrated into our Early Childhood Special Education classrooms to serve as role models for our children with special needs.

Requirements for peer models include:

  • Complete age appropriate screening process

  • Demonstrate age-appropriate skills in the areas of play, social, behavior, speech, language, and motor.

  • Be a Spring Hill School District resident

  • Be three years old before September 1 of the school year

  • Attend the program consistently

  • Not be kindergarten-eligible

Peer models do pay a monthly fee depending on the number of days they attend preschool.

Early Childhood Special Education: Children that may have development delays in one or more of the following areas: Cognitive, Motor Skills, Speech, Social Skills, Language, and Behavior will receive priority. These children also need to have a screening and evaluation to determine eligibility.

FAQ about the Program

Are all children accepted into the program? No, we are not an open enrollment pre-school program. We primarily serve children with developmental delays. Within our classrooms we also have peer model spots for students who qualify.

What are my options if my child does not qualify for services or as a peer model? If your child does not qualify for services or as a peer model we encourage you to find an appropriate community preschool experience. The team might give recommendations for parents to work with their student at home. They may also recommend you bring your student back in six months for a screening to check progress or concerns at that time.

Is transportation available? Yes, for students in our special education program and students in our State and Peer Model Programs busing is available on a pay-to-ride basis. Bus fees may be waived based on distance (if the home address is 2.5 miles from Spring Hill Elementary) or if families meet qualifying free lunch income levels. Transportation is only available to pick up and drop off locations in district.

Resources
Early Childhood Brochure (pdf, 1.61MB)

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