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.

We're bursting at the seams! All of our preschools are filled for the 2022-2023 school year. We will have the application for next school year's preschool programs available in March. 

USD 490 Preschool programs are full for the 22-23 school year. We are excited to announce that all spots for our 3.5-year-old, 4-year-old, and Role Model programs are filled and serving our El Dorado students and families!  We will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2024 preschool classes on Monday, March 20, 2023.  Applications will be available on our website, at each elementary, and at the District Office.  We look forward to serving your family in the upcoming school year! Thank you for being #PartOfThePride

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.