Deer Valley Unified School District offers many services for children aged 3-5 years old who may be experiencing difficulties in the area of language, social/emotional, motor/perceptual and cognitive development.
Deer Valley Early Childhood Department provides inclusive preschool classrooms for children aged three to five years old (student must turn five after September 1st). Each classroom provides supports and services for both typically developing children, as well as, those children who have been identified as having special needs. Each classroom is staffed with a certified Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and two paraprofessionals. There are two preschool sessions daily, which last 2.5 hours and run Monday through Thursday.
The Early Childhood staff strive to provide each child with a unique educational experience, by individualizing the instruction for various learning styles and providing developmentally appropriate activities. Therapy services for those children who are eligible include, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and vision/hearing services for those students who require this service.
Every Developmental Preschool classroom focuses on the following areas:
- Pre-academic skills
- Positive social interactions
- Opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills
- Problem solving strategies
- Critical thinking skills
- Decision making skills
- Exposure to learning communities within the classroom
- Increased language skills
- Fostering of curiosity and love of learning
State and Federal Intervention Services
AZEIP- Children ages birth to 3 years of age
Division of Developmental Disabilities- ages 3 years and up
Head Start is a Federal and State funded preschool program. The Deer Valley Unified School District offers Head Start programs at several elementary sites within the district boudaries. There is no charge for Head Start preschool services for eligible families.
Who is Eligible
Low income families with children who are 4 years of age before September 1st and who reside in the boundaries of the Deer Valley School District may be eligible. Children aged 3 are accepted if no elgible 4 year olds are currently waiting for services. The priorities are as follows:
- Children referred by Deer Valley Unified School District for special services
- 10% enrollment
- Families who meet or earn less than the 2016 Federal Family Income Guidelines as follows:
Family Size Yearly Gross Income
8 $41, 320
* For Families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,180 for each additional person
* Additional risk factors are considered on a case by case basis
How do I apply for Head Start services?
You may apply for Head Start at the locations listed below or by calling the District Head Start office at 623-445-4991
Deer Valley Head Start School Locations
Constitution Elementary School
18440 N. 15th Ave
Village Meadows Elementary School
2020 W. Morningside Dr.
Esperanza Elementary School
251 W. Mohawk
Sunrise Elementary School
17624 N. 31st Ave.
Preschool Development Grant
The Preschool Development Grant provides free general education preschool services to children that turn 4 years of age by September 1st, with eligibility based on income. Classes meet Monday-Thursday for 6.5 hours each day. The program is housed at Villiage Meadows Elementary School. We are now accepting applications for the Preschool Development Grant program. Please fill out the attached application or call 623-445-4991 for more information.
Please see the below 2017 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (prepared by MLRI, January 2017).