Preschool in the MSBSD
2015-2016 School Year
American Indian/Alaska Native Education
Four-year-old children with documented American Indian or Alaska Native heritage may be eligible to attend a preschool program located at Finger Lake Elementary. These programs are five days a week. Families can contact Federal Programs at 746-9239.
ASPIRE: Early Childhood ABA
Children who experience significant needs in the area of social communication and behavior may be considered for an extended day program by the IEP team. A diagnosis of Autism is not required. This program is new for the 2015-2016 school year, and will be located at Iditarod Elementary. This program is five days a week, for five hours a day, and is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy will be provided on-site. Consultation will be provided by the district Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Interested families can contact Kelly McBride, at 746-9202.
Consultation with the audiologist is available at any school site, as determined by the IEP team. Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing may attend the Deaf Education program at Shaw Elementary, if the IEP team team determines deaf education services are required. Auditory/oral training, instruction in American Sign Language and services from Sign Language Interpreter are available on site.
Early Childhood Special Education
Children with identified developmental needs can attend a district-wide early childhood special education program. These programs are non-categorical, and are four days a week. During the 2015-2016 school year, programs are located at Big Lake Elementary, Butte Elementary, Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Finger Lake Elementary, Goose Bay Elementary, Larson Elementary, Machetanz Elementary, Meadow Lakes Elementary, Shaw Elementary, Swanson Elementary and Willow Elementary. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and services from Teacher of the Visually Impaired are available on site. To make an appointment for a free developmental screening, parents can contact Karen Stuart to set up a Child Find appointment, at 746-9202.
Four-year-old children from families eligible for migrant education may be eligible to attend a preschool program located at Iditarod Elementary and Palmer High School. These programs are five days a week. Families can contact Federal Programs at 746-9239.
Four-year-old children who attend a Title I preschool may be eligible to attend a preschool program located at Meadow Lakes Elementary, Iditarod Elementary, and Talkeetna Elementary. Screeners are used to identify children at risk. These programs are five days a week. Families can contact Federal Programs at 746-9239.
Widening the Net
At-risk four-year-old children who do not have any other opportunity to attend preschool may be considered for a state preK program, located at Goose Bay, Butte, Shaw, Trapper Creek and Willow. These programs are four days a week. The school district will work with Head Start to identify students with need. Families can contact Kelly McBride at 746-9202.