Kent School District, in collaboration with community partners including Kent Youth and Family Services and other early learning centers, provides a variety of full- and half-day preschool opportunities to the community. Offerings include developmental preschool, Head Start, Early Childhood Educational Assistance Program (ECEAP), Title I funded preschool, and early childhood programs at Kentwood and Kentridge through the KSD Career and Technical Education Department.Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) & Head Start
ECEAP and Head Start programs provide free preschool education and support services to children three to five years old. Through this program, families who meet the income eligibility criteria and live within the Kent School District boundaries are provided with opportunities to engage in their child's education and be connected with resources in the community.
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Preschool
Kent School District’s developmental preschool serves students with special needs. Students receive specially designed instruction, along with typically developing Peer Model Preschool students.
Title I Funded Preschool
Families who live within the Park Orchard or Meridian Elementary school boundaries and who meet the income eligibility criteria may apply to attend half-day preschool at Park Orchard or Meridian Elementary schools. Students must be four years old by August 31.
Peer Model Preschool (Special Education)
Peer Model Preschool is part of the Kent School District’s Special Education Early Childhood Program. This preschool program serves children with special needs, along with typically developing peers. In order to support the development of preschool children with special needs, the program recruits typically developing peers to serve as models of age-appropriate skills and to provide opportunities for socialization.