The APS Developmental Preschool Program is funded with federal dollars, operational resources, and grants. Current APS preschool programs are housed in approximately 27 different elementary schools across the district, including four preschool hub sites, and provide special education services for more than 1,000 children each year.
Children served in this program are initially identified through a developmental screening, provided by APS Child Find personnel, at no cost to the families. A multidisciplinary team determines whether the child is eligible for special education as a child with a developmental delay or any of the 13 school-aged special education eligibilities.
Children are placed in the program following an IEP (Individualized Education Program) designed to meet the child’s educational needs. Children who are in the preschool program may receive speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, audiology, school health services, and special transportation. Not all services are provided to all children. Services are based on each child’s needs.