Registration Begins

March 15th 

We are so excited to continue prioritizing early childhood with many options.  We will continue with our developmental preschool programs, our partnership with the Opportunity Council with two preschool programs. Our full day, full year Transitional Kindergarten.  The importance of early childhood is widely known and the benefits to the students, families and our community are significant.

Based on the Washington State Early Learning Plan, the following benefits result from high quality early childhood programs:

For every dollar invested in the early learning programs returned between $3 and $17 in benefits. These benefits include:
-Lower costs for special education;
-Reduced need to repeat grades in school, lowering school costs;
-Lower costs for child welfare;
-Lower costs for public health and social welfare from teen pregnancy;
-Reduced juvenile and, later, adult crime, lowering criminal justice costs; and
-Increased tax revenue from successful students’ increased earnings as adults (RAND Corporation, 2008).

    Opportunity Council             Preschool and Early Head Start

Apply for ECEAP/Head Start Preschool

at Irene Reither Elementary

IRE Developmental Preschool

The primary purpose for our program is to ensure access to quality early childhood services for families in the Meridian School District. The focus of the three to five preschool program is to support each and every child’s individual development, ensuring school readiness when entering kindergarten. Our classroom is rich in early literacy and language experiences and focuses on the emerging social skills that will enable children to be successful in a group setting.

Free screenings are available to help identify children ages three to five who may have developmental delay. Our early childhood evaluation team assesses children in the areas of communication, motor, adaptive skills, social-emotional development and cognition to determine the need for early intervention. If a child is found to be eligible for services, an Individual Education Program (IEP) is written to address the needs of the child.

Children who have visual, hearing, or orthopedic impairment, autism, brain injury, specific diagnosis, or chronic health problems may also be eligible for services. 

       IRE Kindergarten and          Transitional Kindergarten

Registration begins March 15th

Additional Resources for Our Little Ones

Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)