Early Childhood Program

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

In order to support our students between the ages of 3-5 be successful learners, NACS offers different early childhood services that focus on early childhood needs.                                                                      

Walk-in speech and language services

A student, between the ages 3-5 and living within NACS district, may be referred for a speech and language evaluation by parent or by First Steps services.  If deemed appropriate, an evaluation will be conducted to determine if speech and language therapy is needed for the student to access his or her education successfully.  

This service provides articulation and language therapy, to qualifying students, on a weekly basis, by a Speech Language Pathologist working at NACS.  This service is for students demonstrating articulation substitutions and errors that are impacting their ability to be understood or communicate effectively with those around them, and/or for students who are unable to understand or use language to successfully express their wants and needs. A parent may contact NACS special education office at 260-637-7168 to inquire about this service.                                                                  

Developmental Preschool

A student, between the ages 3-5 and living within NACS district, may be referred for an evaluation by parent or by First Steps services for possible placement in one of our developmental preschool classrooms. If deemed appropriate, an evaluation will be conducted to determine if the child demonstrates a moderate delay in two of the 5 areas assessed or a significant delay in one of the areas assessed.  The five areas evaluated include speech and language, fine and gross motor, cognitive, social/emotional areas, and adaptive function.  If a child demonstrates qualifying delays and areas of concern that cannot be met in a community preschool, he or she could be recommended to attend NACS developmental preschool. 

The developmental preschool would address areas of need of the student in a highly structured environment led by a licensed special education preschool teacher and paraprofessional(s.)  The student is given a fun and nurturing preschool experience that would work on communication, self-help skills, interacting successfully with peers and adults, learning school routines, as well as exposure to early pre-academic skills.   If a student is found eligible, speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy may also be provided while a student attends the developmental preschool, if he or she demonstrates a need that may not be met within the classroom setting. A parent may contact NACS special education office at 260-637-7168 to inquire about this program.

 

FAQs - EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

How is this preschool different from community preschool?

This program is a developmental preschool that supports students with needs that require additional supports in order to access their education successfully.  A student must qualify through an evaluation process to receive these services.

Is there a cost to attend the developmental preschool?

Currently, there is no fee for attending the developmental preschool.  Teachers may request some school supplies and community snacks to be provided when attending the program.  

Is transportation provided?

Transportation is provided to and from the preschool program on a bus from within the district lines. Only preschool students ride this bus, and a 5-point star harness is used to secure the student in the seat.  

What days/times is the developmental preschool in session?

The developmental preschool offers a 3-hour AM or 3-hour PM session Monday through Thursday at Cedar Canyon Elementary and Hickory Center Elementary. The number of days, and the AM or PM session, is determined by the case conference committee based on the age and needs of the student.