Available Preschool Programs
Title 1 funds are given to identified low income schools throughout the state. Some of those schools use portions of their funds to provide preschool services to low income students. Title 1 preschools may be operated in conjunction with Special Education or tuition paying students.
Federal Funds are allocated to schools in order to serve children with special education needs. The schools are then given the task of setting up a program that meets the needs of their community. There are several different types of special education class make-ups.
- Special Education Only – These classes serve special education students only. Different schedules may be available depending on need and resources.
- Mainstream - Some preschool classes have a blend of special education students and typically developing peers. Classes where the majority of the students are typically developing and the minority is special education students are called mainstream classes. These typically developing students may be Head Start students or tuition paying students.
- Reverse Mainstream – Classes where the majority of students are special education students and the minority is typically developing students are called reverse mainstream classes. Typically developing students may be Head Start students or tuition paying students.
Some rural districts have teachers that visit children at home throughout the school year prior to kindergarten entrance. These teachers present lessons and leave materials and activities for parents to do between teacher visits.
As part of their child care class, high school students, supervised by their teacher, provide a tuition preschool program within the high school building.
Some charter schools have tuition preschools within their buildings. Attending the preschool does not ensure acceptance to the charter school kindergarten program.
Some school districts have an entire building designated as a preschool, offering a variety of preschool programs open to the entire community. Depending on the child’s needs, these services may be free of cost or tuition based.
Some offer tuition based participation for typical developing children in Special Education classes.