The Paradise Valley Unified School District offers several early childhood programs for your child. Each program is designed to meet certain needs.
Title I Preschool
Title I preschool is a federally funded program that provides instruction for students demonstrating educational needs. This program is provided at no cost to those students who qualify. Child must be
four years old by Sept. 1 of the calendar year, live within the PVUSD
boundaries and be at risk of failing to meet the State's challenging
student performance standards.
Title I Preschool is sponsored through the PV Schools Curriculum
Department and are located at Arrowhead Elementary, Echo Mountain
Elementary and Indian Bend Elementary (these programs run four days a week, for 2 1/2 hours per day) and Cactus View Elementary and Palomino
Primary. (these programs run five days a week.)
The Title I Preschool Parent Liaison is Liliana Alviradez. She can be reached at 602.449.2226 or through e-mail: email@example.com.
Contact Community Education at (602) 449-2211 or (602) 449-2212 for
enrollment information and assistance in choosing the most appropriate
program for your child. > Click here for more Info
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SUN Kids Preschool (Serving Unique Needs)
The SUN Kids Preschool Program provides special education intervention services for children ages three and four, and for five year old children who are not yet eligible for kindergarten. Typically-developing preschoolers are also accepted as peer pals and pay a minimal tuition. Programs are located at various elementary schools. To schedule a screening or to obtain further information, contact the SUN Kids Preschool Evaluation Center at 602-449-2650. Spaces are limited.
Visit website: www.pvschools.net/skps/
Head Start Preschool
(The city of Phoenix Head Start Program is administered by the Human Services Department, Education Division. Since its inception in 1965, the city of Phoenix Head Start has provided comprehensive child and family development services to over 50,000 families. In March 2002, the city of Phoenix Head Start program celebrated its 37th anniversary.)
Southwest Head Start is a free program designed for low-income families and their children that provides education, health, nutrition and social services. Special services for children with disabilities are available. Breakfast, lunch and two snacks are provided daily. For more information call Southwest Human Development at: 602-266-5976. > Click here for more Info.
Little Scholars Pre-Kindergarten
Little Scholars Pre-Kindergarten is a developmentally appropriate school readiness program for children who have turned 4 years old by September 1st. The curriculum is designed to prepare children for entry into Kindergarten by facilitating learning experiences that promote development of academic, physical and social growth. Visit Community Education's Little Scholars Program Web page for more information.
Child Development Centers
Quality childcare for infants through preschool age children is available to families of Paradise Valley through PV Schools Child Development Centers. Hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Visit Community Education's Lil' Pioneers Child Development Center Web page for more information.
The District has two Child Development and Vocational
Preschool programs located at Paradise Valley and North Canyon
high schools. Students have responsibilities similar to a private
preschool program, including planning/teaching lessons, observations,
setup/cleanup, and parent contact. Students in the Vocational
Preschool program become familiar with the Arizona State Day
Care regulations.The preschool portion of the program runs
during the spring semester of the school year. High school
students attend class five days a week while the preschool
children attend three mornings per week. The vocational preschools
are open to toilet-trained children of ages three to five years
old. The Paradise Valley High location also accepts toilet-trained
two year olds. Enrollment in the program is on a firstcome,
first-served basis. However, this is a learning environment
for the vocational high school students and every effort will
be made by the Director to obtain a group of children with
a variety of ages. Both programs are tuition-based. For pricing
and other information please call the individual programs:
PVHS: 602-449-7000 / NCHS: 602-449-2000. Visit: www.pvschools.net/comed/earlychildhood5.html
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Gifted Preschool is for 4-year-olds identified as Gifted on an IQ test. Parents may seek private testing or schedule a test. A completed packet, application fee, and qualifying IQ test results are required for consideration. For information about qualifying, call Gifted Education at (602) 449-2095.
Gifted Preschool classes are located at:
Desert Cove Elementary • 11020 N. 28th Street, Phoenix
Fireside Elementary • 3725 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix
For more information, including registration and pricing, call Community Education at (602) 449-2200.
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