Developmental Preschool

  • The SVSD Preschool Program serves children of all abilities, following WA Kids Progressions of Development and Learning, and the Washington State Early Learning Guidelines.  Students with and without disabilities learn together with evidence-based curriculum.

    The developmental preschool offers preschool four days per week.  Sessions are offered in the a.m., and the p.m. lasting approximately 2 ½ hours per day.  Placement in a morning or afternoon session is determined by a child’s age (younger children attend in the morning, and older or PreK children attend in the afternoon).

    Requirements for peers:

    • Must be a permanent resident of Snoqualmie Valley School District.
    • Must be turning 3 or 4 years old as of 8/31/2022 for the 2022-23 school year.

    Requirements for parents of peers:

    • Pay monthly tuition
    • Provide transportation for your child to and from school
    • Respectfully maintain confidentiality of all students participating in the Developmental Preschool

      What is the next step?

    1. Determine if the Developmental Preschool model is a good fit for your family and meets your goals for your child’s preschool experience. 
    2. Follow this link to the application, complete, and mail or drop off to the District Office by April 22, 2022.
    3. The Early Childhood team will review all applications. You will be contacted by May 6, 2022 with the team's determination for your child.  
    4. Once contacted, full enrollment and first tuition payment must be completed by September 1, 2022 to hold your child’s placement in the program. Enrollment includes registration for school, and signing the Peer Contract that will be provided to you after May 1.  Please do not register prior to receiving the contract. 

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Why does a public school provide preschool? I thought school started in Kindergarten.

    Research shows that early intervention for suspected developmental delays has the greatest impact on improving the outcomes for intervention – the earlier, the better.  Public schools are required by law to identify children between the ages of three to Kindergarten age, with suspected disability through the Childfind process, and provide specially designed instruction/special education services to these children. Students with disabilities are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). In addition to children identified with developmental delays/disabilities, children in this age range without delays/disabilities are welcome to participate in the developmental preschool through a tuition-based peer program.

    Where is the preschool located? Is preschool offered at all Elementary Schools?

    The Developmental Preschool is located only at Snoqualmie Elementary, 39801 SE Park St, Snoqualmie WA 98065. Snoqualmie Elementary is the most centrally located elementary school in the District, and serves preschool age students from all neighborhoods throughout the District.

    What are the qualifications of the teaching staff?

    The staff in the Developmental Preschool is a highly qualified group of educators who specialize in early childhood development and education.  Each class is taught by a Washington State certified teacher and up to two trained teacher assistants. Other related service staff (Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupation Therapist, Psychologist, Education Specialists) are in the classrooms according to the need of the students in the class.

    What is the cost?

    Peer tuition is $285.00 per month. The first payment is due on September 1, 2022. Subsequent payments will be due the first of every month with the last payment being due on May 1, 2023. Tuition is not prorated for absences, family vacation, school breaks, etc.

    Does the district provide transportation?

    Although the district is obligated to offer transport to students who qualify for special education services, transportation for peers is the responsibility of the child’s parent or caregiver.

    When do the preschoolers attend school?

    The developmental preschool is a four day per week program.  Class is 2 ½ hours per day, a.m. or p.m.  Placement in a session is determined by a child’s age (younger children attend in the morning, and older or PreK children attend in the afternoon.  

    What if I want my child to attend as a peer model more than one year?

    Once your child attends our program, continued participation will be offered for the next year as long as your child falls within the accepted age requirements. 

    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 eligible for an additional year of preschool in our program. Peers who reach age eligibility for Kindergarten are not able to remain in the Developmental Preschool for an extra year, delaying Kindergarten.  While some families opt to delay Kindergarten, this option is not available in the Developmental Preschool. Fortunately, our community has many wonderful preschool programs for families from which to choose for this extra year of preschool.   

    How are students assigned to classrooms?

    Peer will be assigned to a classroom based on the overall needs of the program. Our classrooms are designated by age, with younger students in the a.m. and older students in the p.m..  The needs of the children in each class are considered to maintain an optimal mix of strengths and needs for all children in the program.

    How will I know how my child is doing?

    Teachers communicate with the class as a whole through email, and classroom newsletters.  Many of the teachers use the SeeSaw app to communicate activities of the day with families.  Formal parent-teacher conferences are offered in November.  Each child receives a progress report on the District’s report card schedule.  You can always reach out to your child’s teacher; email is the best way to connect.

    What if my family’s situation changes and I need to change from one session to another?

    Because a.m. and p.m. sessions are based on your child’s age, changing sessions is typically not an option.  Your child will be placed in a session that is appropriate for his/her age at the time of enrollment.

    What if my child struggles in preschool?

    We recognize preschool is often a child’s first experience in a structured setting, or away from his or her family, and may need time to adjust.  In addition, all children have a range of strengths and areas for growth - this is typical. One of the many benefits of the Developmental Preschool is the opportunity to have a highly qualified team of early educators working with your child, including teachers and assistants, therapists, and education specialists. If your child’s classroom team has concerns about your child’s development, the classroom teacher will discuss her concerns with you, and suggest appropriate next steps, such as a Childfind developmental screening offered by the preschool Assessment Team. 

    I still have questions.  Who can I ask?

    If you have questions not answered here, please email Marci Nicholson, Early Childhood Coordinator, at