The Louisville City School District’s Integrated Preschool Program has been welcoming preschool children, ages three through five, with and without disabilities for over 20 years!
What is an integrated preschool? The Louisville City School District’s Integrated Preschool Program serves preschool children, ages three through five, with and without disabilities. The program has always been dedicated to meeting the needs of all children through a developmentally appropriate approach. Our teachers think first about what each individual child needs and then create an environment and experiences to meet those needs. Early Childhood research indicates that young children learn best when the activities are hands-on experiences that are meaningful to the child.
What makes the program an integrated setting and how would my child benefit from attending? An integrated preschool setting is one in which children with disabilities are integrated or included in a classroom with typically developing children. Children with disabilities participate in all activities within the class and modifications are made as needed. Preschools, playgroups and daycare centers are the earliest and best places to start the inclusionary process.
In the integrated preschool setting, our teachers differentiate (customize) the instruction to allow all children access to the curriculum. The modifications may be as simple as posting pictures to visualize the routine, stating expectations to an unfamiliar event or using signals to indicate a transition in the routine. In an integrated setting, you may find a speech pathologist, occupational or physical therapist working in classrooms with small groups of children, building upon each child’s experiences.
In our preschool, high value is placed on individuality and compassion. We believe the skills a child learns in these early stages of development provide the foundation for all other skills that will be learned through out life. The Integrated Preschool Program helps children to develop an appreciation that everyone has unique and beautiful characteristics. Children develop a feeling of empowerment and the ability to make a difference. When children are part of an inclusive setting, everyone gains an understanding and appreciation of differences among people - a lesson of a lifetime.
• Children ages 3 – 5 years old • Classes held Monday - Friday
Two morning classes - 8:30am-11:00am
Two afternoon classes - 12:00pm-2:30pm
Taught by highly educated professionals licensed in early childhood education
Both morning and afternoon classes
Free preschool screening
Prepares children for kindergarten in a school environment
Field trips as well as participation in school-wide events
Low child-teacher ratio
Access to computer, iPad, and SMARTBoard technology
Weekly physical education, library, music, and art experiences