Special Services » Early Childhood

Early Childhood

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. Birth To Three Developmental Center 253-874-5445.

Child Find is the process for evaluating and identifying children from birth to 21 years of age residing in district (or non-resident children attending private school located within the district) who are in need of special education and/or related services.

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/or social-emotional.

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White River Inclusionary Preschool
The White River Inclusionary Preschool is an early childhood program blended with specialized approaches and related services as appropriate for children with special needs. Our 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 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
Who Do We Serve?
  • Kindergarten students from the Foothills, Mt. Meadow and Wilkson service areas
  • Preschool, Early Kindergarten and Developmental students from the entire district.