Developmental Preschool and Typical Preschool Deer Valley Early Childhood Department provides inclusive preschool classrooms for children aged three-five years old (5 after September 1st). Each classroom is comprised of children who are typically developing, Preschool Peers, and those who require specialized instruction, children with identified special education needs.
In each classroom, there is a certified Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and two Paraprofessionals. The classroom staff are highly qualified and trained to work with children in this age group. Each classroom has two sessions daily (morning or afternoon) which is 2.5 hours long, Monday through Thursday.
The staff strives to provide each child with a unique educational experience by individualizing 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 some children require instruction from teachers for the visually and hearing impaired. Therapists come into the classroom on a weekly basis but provide individualized strategies for the classroom staff to work on throughout the week. Some children are in need for more individual therapy sessions which are provided in quiet locations either within classroom or other places on the campus.
Preschool Peers are an integral part of the classroom as children learn best from each other. Peers are wonderful role models for those children who demonstrate delays in one or more areas of development and they also learn acceptance of those who function differently. Preschool Peers do pay tuition to participate in the classroom, please see the tuition schedule.
The overall focus in the classroom for all children is to provide an environment which:
Introduces pre-academic skills
Assist children to develop responsibility and self-control
Encourages positive social interactions
Provides opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills
The ability to problem-solve
Use critical thinking skills
Use decision-making skills
Exposure to learning communities within the classroom
Increase language skills
Creates curiosity and a love of learning