A quick look at other preschool classrooms in local schools
Although not in all elementary schools, preschool classrooms are becoming more prevalent in Lawrence schools. They are at:
- Pinckney School, 810 W. Sixth. The classroom, which serves children who will enter kindergarten next year, is funded by private donations received through the Lawrence Business-Education Partnership.
- Kennedy School, 1605 Davis Rd. The classroom, which serves 3-, 4- , 5-year-old children, is operated by Head Start.
- East Heights School, 1430 Haskell Ave. One classroom, which serves children who will enter kindergarten the next year, is funded by private donations received through the Lawrence Business-Education Partnership. Another classroom, which serves children who will enter kindergarten in two years, is based on a Head Start model and funded through a U.S. Department of Housing and Development grant.
- The Even Start preschool, 1919 Del., serves children, 2 1/2 to school age, of family members who have had interruptions in their high school educations and who are working to obtain a General Education Development degree. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Lawrence public schools.
The school district also provides programs for special-needs students, including ones at Kansas University -- the Language Acquisition Preschool primarily for children with speech-language needs and the Early Intervention Preschool for children with a wide variety of special needs -- as well as the Language Project Preschool at Deerfield School, which serves children with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. In addition, the district provides special education services to all children, ages 3 and up, in other preschool settings.