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Early Childhood

You will find information about White River School District Early Childhood Services in the links below.


The White River School District's Child Find Program is designed to locate and offer assistance to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children, between the ages of birth and 21, who may have developmental delays or learning problems. Early identification of problems can make a big difference in a child's future school success.

Identification for Infants and Toddlers

For infants and toddlers, birth to age three, the White River School District has contracts with local agencies to determine if your child is following a typical pattern of development. If your child demonstrates developmental delays, he/she can receive intervention services through this birth to three agency.

If you have questions or concerns about your Birth to 3 year old’s development please call Julie Linville for scheduling and screening information at 360-829-3959.


Identification for 3-5-year-olds

Free screenings are provided for children between the ages of three and five to identify preschoolers with possible delays in the following areas of development: cognitive, speech/language, fine and gross motor, adaptive and social-emotional.


If you have questions or concerns about your preschooler's development please contact Julie Linville for scheduling a screening at 360-829-3959.


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White River Developmental Preschool

Located at the Early Learning Center at 27515 120th St. Buckley, WA 98321

The White River Developmental Preschool is an early childhood program blended with specialized approaches and related services as appropriate for children with special needs. Our developmental preschool serves children ages three to five. The purpose is to provide a developmentally appropriate environment for children to develop their language, social-emotional, cognitive/pre-academic, and motor skills necessary for future school success. This is done through play and teacher-directed activities, which are strategically designed to facilitate the development in each area.

Our developmental preschool program is based on the belief that children are unique, special individuals who learn through play and who grow in a developmental sequence. Children in our program are encouraged to: Gain a greater appreciation for human differences Grow in self-esteem and self-control Develop problem-solving skills Create friendships

Days and Times:
Preschool classes meet Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30 AM to 12 PM or from 12:45 PM to 3:15 PM, either three or four days a week. On Monday's we schedule child find screening and evaluations. Our preschool classes typically start a week after and end a week before the rest of the schools in our district.

Transportation is provided for students that qualify for our preschool through a special education evaluation.

Peer Model Information
We accept a limited number of peer models into our developmental preschool.
Please review the peer model criteria listed below:

-Four years old by the Fall
-Toilet trained
-Have age-appropriate communication and social skills
-Express needs and wants
-Follow simple directions
-Speak in clear English sentences
-Separates easily from parents
-Attend to adult-guided activity
-Age-appropriate play skills
-Parents must provide transportation.
If interested, please contact Kate Nuttle,
Early Childhood Coordinator at 360-829-6078.