22-23 Preschool Information

USD 490 Preschool Programs

El Dorado Public Schools offers preschool programs at Blackmore Elementary, Grandview Elementary and Skelly Elementary. These programs provide engaging learning-readiness activities for children. All preschool programs are taught by certified, high-quality teachers who provide a solid educational and social foundation for children to learn in a developmentally appropriate setting. 

 Children attend a half day preschool program, either in morning or afternoon sessions, at their boundary elementary school.

*Role Models Program: Child must be 3 years old on or before February 28th of the current year and no older than 5 years old on or after August 31st of the current year. A Try Out is required and students must live in USD490. Regular enrollment fees will apply to students selected for the program. Approval during try out is based on the following factors:

  • Date of Application, Boundary School, Available Spots

  • Screening in the areas of: language, speech, motor, social, self-help, and pre-academic skills

*Pre-Kindergarten Program:  Child must be 4 years old on or before August 31st of the current year and no older than 5 years old on or after August 31st of the current year. Students must live in USD490. Application approval is based on the following factors:

  •       Date of Application, Boundary School, Available Spots

  •       Qualifying Factors which include:

    • Eligible for food assistance

    • Single-parent family

    • Limited English Proficiency

    • Either parent lacking high school diploma or GED

    • Teen parent when child was born

    • Agency referral

    • Concern for developmental delays based on screening results

    • Child qualifies for migrant or transitional housing status


Applications for the preschool programs are available at any school or district administrative office or online:
https://www.usd490.org. Parents are asked to provide the child’s birth certificate and immunization record.

*Submitting an application/interest form does not guarantee admittance. Your child will be placed per review of district policies and qualifying factors set forth by the Kansas State Board of Education.

Download the Preschool Application

 

Early Childhood Special Education Programs

USD 490 also offers early childhood special education classes at Blackmore, Grandview, and Skelly elementary schools to qualifying children ages three to five. The Butler County Special Education Interlocal offers free Child Find developmental screenings for infants and preschool children throughout the school year. The purpose of the screening is to help parents identify potential learning problems and find help.

If your child has difficulty walking, talking, seeing, hearing, or learning, please call the Special Education office at 316-775-6904  and ask for Pam to schedule a free appointment.

If you have developmental concerns about an infant or toddler (0-3 years), please call Rainbows of Butler County at 316-320-1342.

Please note that Child Find screenings are by appointment only.

 

Parents As Teachers Program:

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. PAT is voluntary, and free of charge to families living within the El Dorado Public Schools, USD 490, boundaries.

Goals of the Program:

  •       Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development to support parenting practices

  •       Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues

  •       Increase children's school readiness and school success

 Services Provided:

  •        Personalized Visits- Usually conducted in your home, a Parent Educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information; help you learn to observe your child; and assist in your parenting concerns.

  •     Playgroups – An informal hour with a Parent Educator and other children in a safe and educational environment to encourage the development a wide range of age-appropriate skills. There are many locations to choose from, and the playgroups are free.

  •       Group Meetings– Enhance parents’ knowledge of child development and promotes improved parenting practices relating to special topics.

  •       Screenings – Accesses your child’s overall development, including health, hearing and vision, conducted by our PAT Parent Educator.

  •       Resource Network– Links for your family to other community services.

 

For more information, please contact your local school office or email lmbrigggs@usd490.org