Haysville Early Childhood provides a half-day Pre-Kindergarten experience for children who live in the Haysville school district, meet the state At-Risk guidelines and will reach age four on or before August 31. We also provide special education services for those children who qualify, once they reach three years of age. In addition, there are a limited number of openings for children age four on or before August 31 who do not meet the eligibility criteria for either the At Risk or special education program. Most children who participate in our Pre-Kindergarten program must complete a Count Your Kid In screening prior to enrollment.
A majority of our Pre-K classrooms are inclusive and blended, meaning they include children of different ages and developmental levels. Some of our students participate in a special programs Pre-K classroom and some of our students receive direct Speech only services on an out-patient basis.
A day in Pre-K includes engaging large and small group activities with songs, rhymes, stories, calendar time, and an introduction to the alphabet, letter sounds, colors, shapes, numbers and patterning. Learning centers provide children opportunities to participate in enrichment activities that build on the skills taught during large and small group. The children develop reading, writing, math and motor skills along with creative expression through art and dramatic play. Classroom activities also allow children opportunities to problem-solve, share and develop positive social skills.
Curriculum in the Early Childhood Program is aligned with the Kansas Early Learning Standards and with the Haysville Kindergarten curriculum to help students learn the skills they need to be ready for Kindergarten and to facilitate a smooth academic transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten.
Our Pre-K teachers have college degrees and are licensed by the Kansas State Department of Education. Para-educators assist teachers in each classroom to create fun, supportive environments which encourage children to learn and grow. To help promote the success of each child, we believe our staff need to be life-long learners also. All of the early childhood staff annually participate in a minimum of twenty inservice hours.
The Haysville Early Childhood Program has a limited number of openings in our 4 year old At-Risk program. If your child will be 4 years old on or before August 31 of the upcoming school year and you reside within the USD 261 boundary area, please complete the interest form below. If you reside outside of the USD 261 boundary area you may call 554-2233 to apply as an out of district applicant.
Developmental milestones are physical and behavioral signs of development in infants and children from birth to five years. Smiling for the first time, rolling over, crawling, taking their first step, and talking are considered developmental milestones. To find out more information and track your child's development, click on the button below.
Haysville USD 261 offers free monthly developmental screenings during the school year for Haysville School District residents with children ages birth to 5 through our collaboration with Parents as Teachers. Count Your Kid In Clinics screen children in the areas of speech and language, hearing, vision, academic concepts, and motor skills. This screening helps identify concerns and is required for most children wanting to enroll in the Haysville Early Childhood Program. To see a list of screening dates, click the button below. For more information or to schedule a screening call, 316-554-2233. During the months of June and July our office is closed but if you leave a message we will get back with you.
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