Leavenworth Schools offer Pre-Kindergarten classes for children who are 4 years old (on or before August 31 of the school year they will attend) and who meet specific criteria defined by the state of Kansas. The program is funded by a grant with the purpose of offering early childhood education to children/families who might not otherwise be able to participate in such learning opportunities and to engage youngsters as early as possible to ensure educational success. Families must complete an application, which will be screened and selection made based on the appropriateness of the child/family for the program.

Program Details:

  • Locations: All Leavenworth elementary schools
  • Sessions: Half-day sessions (morning or afternoon) on school days
  • Skills: sharing, social skills, self-care, and others that prepare young ones for their educational career
  • Program will include a family involvement component
  • Certified teachers will teach the classes

The State requires that the program serve children of families with the most needs. Criteria include one or more of the following:

  • Eligibility for free lunch program
  • Children of single parents
  • Families who have had a referral for SRS services
  • Children born to parents younger than 20 at the time of birth
  • Parents not completing a high school diploma or GED
  • Children who have limited English proficiency
  • Assessment data that reflects the child is developmentally or academically delayed

Parents are critical to the success of early childhood education. If accepted for the program, parents must agree to:

  • To participate in a minimum of 2 personal visits during school hours with the teacher to provide support and guidance for the child's education.
  • To visit and participate in classroom activities whenever possible.
  • To have the child at school every day on time and prepared to learn; to provide transportation to and from school.
  • To read to the child 20 minutes per day at least 3 times per week.
  • To provide an identified quiet space in the house where the child can read, think quietly, draw pictures, or do school work.
  • To provide healthy foods, rest, and support for the child's education.

Applications for the Pre-Kindergarten program are typically promoted in the spring and summer of a school year prior to the school year that the child would attend.f Parents will be notified prior to school starting of their acceptance into the program. If you have questions about this program, please feel free to contact the Administrative Office at 684-1400.