Special Needs Preschool Program
When students with disabilities are served in the developmental preschool, they receive specialized instruction in a developmentally-appropriate preschool classroom. An essential component of this experience is learning side-by-side with typically-developing peers who can serve as role models and provide positive peer interactions.
Students enrolled as typically-developing peers in this inclusive preschool settings tend to:
The developmental preschool operates Mondays through Thursdays, with two sessions that run two and a half hours each, in the morning and afternoon.
The District is seeking a limited number of typically-developing peer models to participate in the preschool program for the 2017-18 school year.
Selecting the right preschool is not an easy decision for families.
In addition to their own learning, peer models play an important role in the learning of students with disabilities. Once children have had an opportunity to transition into the classroom, peer models are expected to participate in the classroom routine with minimal prompting from staff and should not regularly have behaviors that divert the attention of staff away from the students who need specialized instruction. This program provides a wonderful option where all students learn to value diversity, recognize the gifts in everyone, and lend a hand when needed.
Families should consider if their child is able to:
Also, consider how a child might respond to playing and interacting with students with special needs. All of the preschool classrooms serve students with a range of disabilities that include communication, cognition, physical, social and emotional needs. On occasion, peer models might observe behaviors, emotional outbursts, or medical needs that they would not see in other centers. It is important that the families of peer models are ready to answer the questions their children might have and support inclusive friendships.
Requirements for typically-developing peers:
Requirements for parents of typically-developing peers:
What’s the next step?
Please be certain that the email address you provide is active and checked regularly. This will be our primary means of communication. Deadlines will be enforced regardless of whether or not you checked the email account.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
Why does a public school provide preschool?
Public schools are required by state and federal law to identify and provide services to students with disabilities beginning on their third birthday. Students with disabilities are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Because of FAPE, we are required to provide preschool special education services. Peer models are included in our program as part of our students’ LRE.
Where is the preschool located?
The preschool is operated by Snoqualmie Valley School District. It is located at Snoqualmie Elementary, 39801 SE Park St, Snoqualmie WA 98065.
Who teaches the students?
Each class is taught by certified teacher and a trained teacher assistant. Other related service staff (Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupation Therapist, Psychologist) are in the classrooms according to the need of the students.
Will all students get a spot?
Like other programs, we have limited seats available. All students will not get a spot. High quality preschool experiences are important for kindergarten readiness so please keep other programs in mind!
What is the cost?
Our peer models pay 10 monthly tuition payments in the amount of $255.00. The first payment will be due on 04/28/2017 which is applied to September tuition. Subsequent payments will be due the first of every month with the last payment being due on 5/1/18. This is not reduced based on need.
Does the district provide transportation?
Although the district is required to transport students with disabilities, transportation is not provided for peer models.
When do the preschoolers attend school?
Our students attend Monday through Thursday as part of our morning or afternoon session. The exact times could vary from year to year, but each session is two and a half hours long. We follow the Snoqualmie Valley School District Kindergarten Calendar.
What if I have more than one child?
There is no priority based on siblings. Families are, however, encouraged to add all preschool eligible students to the potential peer model list at the same time to increase the likelihood that they will be accepted together.
How are Peer Models selected?
Once we know what spots we need filled, the team will review application and observations from the mock preschool session. Communication and social skills will be emphasized. Families will be contacted via phone and asked to commit or decline the spot quickly so that open spots can be offered to other families. At times, consideration will be given for extenuating circumstances or age and gender balance in each preschool class.
What if I want my child to attend as a peer model more than one year?
Once your child attends our program, they will be offered a seat the next year as long as they meet the age requirements and have not begun the kindergarten enrollment process. Peers are not expected to attend our program for more than three years.
What if I don’t want to send my child to kindergarten when they are five?
If your child has been in our program for three years or will be turning five by August 31st (kindergarten eligibility age), they will not be permitted to return for another year.
How are students assigned to classrooms?
Peer Models will be offered a spot based on the needs of the program. Our classrooms are designated by age, with younger students in the AM and older students in the PM.
How will I know how my child is doing?
Email is the best way to communicate with teachers if you have questions or concerns. Teachers send home newsletters regularly, and parents receive a preschool a checklist once per trimester (November, March and June).
What if my family’s situation changes and I need to change from one session to another?
Although we want to work with families, we are required to meet certain ratios; making changes is very difficult and unlikely to be honored.
How will I know if the preschool is the best place for my child?
To some extent, you won’t. Although we are an appropriate placement for virtually all peers, we might not be the best fit for every child. Because we care about our peer models, it is not uncommon for our Director to meet with families and talk about the fit of our program for a particular child. Instances include:
What if my child struggles in preschool?
We recognize that all students this age need time to adjust and have a range of strengths and weaknesses - this is typical. If your child needs support beyond what is typical, we will discuss that with you.
SVSD Developmental Preschool
39801 SE Park ST
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Mock Preschool Class
Tuition Payment & Contract Due
Friday, April 28