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  • About the Program

    Deer Valley Early Childhood Department provides inclusive preschool classrooms for children ages three-five years old (5 after September 1st). Each classroom is comprised of children who are typically developing and those who require specialized instruction.

    Preschool Peers are wonderful role models for those who demonstrate developmental delays, as children learn best from each other. Children also learn to accept those who function differently.

    To enroll as a preschool peer, children must demonstrate age-appropriate development in motor, communication, self-help (including being completely toilet trained), and cognitive, social, and emotional domains. Children will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to children at least four (4) years of age by December 31st of the current school year.

    Each classroom has a certified Early Childhood Special Education teacher and two Paraprofessionals, who are highly qualified and trained to work with children in this age group. Staff strives to provide each child with a unique educational experience by individualizing instruction for various learning styles and providing developmentally appropriate activities.

    Overall Focus

    • Introduces pre-academic skills
    • Assists children to develop responsibility and self-control
    • Encourages positive social interactions
    • Provides opportunities to develop fine motor skills
    • Inspires the use of decision-making skills
    • Presents exposure to learning communities within the classroom
    • Increases language skills
    • Supports creative curiosity and a love of learning

    Schedule and Tuition

    • 3 days a week (choose Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) for $140 a month
    • 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday) for $175 a month.

    Classes are not offered on Fridays.

    Times vary by location. See the list below for exact start and dismissal times.





    For the 2022-2023 school year, please fill out this online interest form.

    *** A $25 application fee is required. You may mail or drop your payment at the Early Childhood Office.***

    The Early Childhood Office is located at Sunrise Elementary School. The address is 17624 N 31st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85053.

    For questions, call the Early Childhood office at (602) 467-6013 or email


    Scholarships for Title I Schools

    DVUSD Title One Schools with Developmental Preschool are as followed: Arrowhead Elementary, Constitution Elementary, Esperanza Elementary, Greenbrier, Mirage, Mountain Shadows Elementary, Paseo Hills Elementary, Park Meadows Elementary, Sunrise Elementary, and Village Meadows Elementary. Two (2) Peer Scholarships will be accepted per class at a Title One School. Peer Scholarships are intended for in-district families only. Families must be below the 200% poverty guideline to be considered for a preschool peer scholarship. To request a scholarship application, email the Early Childhood Clerk at

    2021 % Gross Yearly and Monthly Income Guidelines


Preschool Children Playing in Garden
Preschool Children Playing in Garden
Preschool Children Playing in Garden