Early Childhood Education
- The Early Childhood Education program provides services to children aged birth to pre-K who qualify for Special Education Services. Students who turn 3 years of age and are not 5 years of age before August 31st are served primarily in our blended preschool classrooms, located at each of our elementary schools. (Currently the Garfield program is located at the Board of Education Office on South Ash due to space issues.) Services for students eligible for special education are determined on an individual basis by the IEP team and progress on those goals will be monitored as required. All students are placed in the preschool program nearest to their neighborhood school whenever possible, however, request will be honored for alternative placement when class size and ratios permit.
- Each of our early childhood classrooms is taught by a licensed ECSE (Early Childhood Special Education) teacher with support from multiple highly qualified paraprofessionals to make the student teacher ratio less then 1:6 at all time. All our classrooms implement the Creative Curriculum for preschool, a comprehensive collection of knowledge-building and daily practice resources that explain the "what", "why", and "how" of teaching. it is a step-by-step foundation of skills which will have your preschooler ready for Kindergarten. In addition, the curriculum aligns with the Kansas Early Learning Standards (KELS) and all students are measured through the GOLD assessment which tracks their progress toward standard completion.
- For students turning 4 years of age on or before August 31st who qualify for the State Pre-K grant funding by meeting one of the 8 criteria explained in our application, there is no cost to attend the Ottawa Early Childhood Education Program. Likewise, students who have Individualized Education Plans attend without charge. For other students, tuition is $112 per month for full time a.m. or p.m., and $56 a month for half time. Classes are offered either M-F in the morning from 8:00 - 10:45, or M,T,Th, F in the afternoon from 11:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (No Weds classes for p.m. sessions.) If at anytime your child becomes eligible for either the tuition-free options, that student's tuition end on their eligibility date.
- Children who have Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) with the Ottawa-Wellsville Infant Toddler Program (OWIT), transition from OWIT to the USD 290 ECSE program on or before the child's third birthday.
ECSE Developmental Screenings:
At least monthly during the school year, developmental screenings are held throughout the district please call Jaci Sterling at 785-229-8095. Children must be referred by a parent, who has a developmental concern about their child. Developmental screenings are advertised in the Ottawa Herald each month. A screening may be recommended to a parent by a doctor, a Kan-Be-Healthy visit, Franklin County Health Department, Elizabeth Layton Center, a community-based preschool, or a day care provider.
Developmental Screenings are at no cost to the family. The screening coordinator schedules the screenings and takes initial information about the family/child. Screenings last approximately 30-45 minutes. Areas of development that are screened include: Personal-Social (play/behavior), Adaptive (self-care), Cognition (thinking), Motor (movement), Speech-Language (speaking/listening), Hearing (ears), and Vision (eyes). Parents are also asked to complete a questionnaire about their child's development and medical history.
At the completion of the screening, the ECSE team will score the results and notify the parents of the findings. If the team determines that more information is required, the parents are notified, and the team will request written consent for a full evaluation to determine if the child requires ECSE services to meet his/her developmental needs. If so, an IEP will be developed, and the child will receive services in one or a combination of the following service delivery model.