Early Childhood Programs
The Olathe Public Schools only offers early childhood programs for 3- to 5-year-old children with an identified disability as mandated by the state of Kansas. General preschool is not provided. The early childhood programs are designed to serve young children with special needs or who are educationally at-risk.
Early Childhood Screening:
Children who are between the ages of 3 and 5 (before Sept. 1) have an opportunity to be screened for potential areas of delay (cognitive, social, speech, motor, vision, and hearing).
Early Childhood Disability Classrooms:
Located in various elementary schools throughout the school district and at Heartland and Harmony early childhood centers, these programs are designed to meet the needs of early childhood students who are demonstrating significant delays, typically in more than one developmental area.
Typically developing children (referred to as peers) are incorporated into early childhood disability classrooms. Peer applicants must be 3 or 4 years old on or before Aug. 31 of the upcoming school year and must reside in the Olathe Public Schools district.
Early Childhood Career Opportunities Program (ECCO):
A limited number of openings are available for 4-year-old children to participate in the ECCO program. Staff members supervise high school juniors and seniors as they learn to be early childhood teachers.
Olathe Head Start:
Olathe Head Start is a federally funded program for 3- and 4-year-olds from income eligible families. Children must be at least 3 years old by Aug. 31 to begin the school year. For more information, please visit the Head Start website at http://teachers.olatheschools.com/olatheheadstart.
Four-year-old children with academic challenges may be able to get a "jump start" on kindergarten by attending this program which is offered with support from a Kansas State Department of Education grant.
Community Based Intervention:
Early childhood specialists are available to support children enrolled in some community preschools who are also eligible for special education services.