• Special Education Preschool Programs and Services


    Communication Classrooms

    Communication classrooms support preschool children who demonstrate a delay in expressive language skills, but who are otherwise typically developing. The special education teacher and teaching assistant collaborate with the speech pathologist to engage students in highly structured activities that target skills such as attending, listening, phonemic awareness, speech sound development, speech intelligibility, and emergent literacy. Students attend 2.5 hour sessions, am or pm, M/T/ or W/Th. The AM session runs from 9:45-12:15, and the PM session will run 1:45-4:15.  Classrooms are located at Taku, Creekside and Ravenwood. ASD transportation is provided. 


  • Developmental Classrooms

    Developmental classrooms are designed to support young children with disabilities through an interdisciplinary service model that supports growth across the developmental domains. The special education teacher, teaching assistant, and specialists (OT, PT, SLP, etc.) work together to help children achieve their learning goals. Family members and school staff share information routinely and collaboratively. Curriculum and instruction is differentiated to meet the individual needs of each child. Many developmental classrooms include typically developing peers, called Buddy Bears. These classrooms are located in 17 elementary schools across the District.


    Students who turn 4 on or before September 1st will attend school from 9:45-1:45 Monday-Friday.

    Children who are 3 years old after September 1st will attend school 2.5 hours a day, Monday-Thursday.  The AM session will be from 9:45-12:15, and the PM session will run from 1:45-4:15. 

  • Itinerant CARE Team Services

    The CARE Team is located in the EISC.  A child eligible for preschool special education services may receive itinerant support in his/her community setting, as appropriate. CARE team services are provided at community and ASD Head Start programs, Title I preschool classrooms, and Migrant Education preschool classrooms. Direct and consultative services are provided on-site by an itinerant special education teacher and/or teaching assistant. CARE team members collaborate with the classroom team to meet the child’s developmental needs within the natural setting.

  • Itinerant Speech and Language Services

    Preschool children with suspected delays only in the area of speech-language may be referred to their neighborhood school for assessment. Itinerant speech-language services are offered for eligible children at the neighborhood school or at a school closest to the childcare setting. The school-based speech staff provides therapy with emphasis on remediation of developmental language and articulation delays. Parents provide transportation. 

  • Listening/Spoken Language (Oral/auditory) 

    Listening/Spoken Language classrooms support preschool and primary-aged deaf and hard of hearing students who have cochlear implants or wear hearing aids and communicate verbally. Curriculum and instruction are designed to optimize the development of audition, language, vocabulary, and literacy. These classrooms are located at Williwaw Elementary.


    Students who turn 4 on or before September 1st will attend school from 9:45-1:45 Monday-Friday.  Younger children might have a shorter day, based on need. 

    Children are eigible for ASD transportation. 


  • Alaska State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AKSDHH)

    AKSDHH serves deaf and hard of hearing students from across Alaska, ages 3- 21, who use sign language as their primary mode of communication. The curriculum supports the development of American Sign Language and spoken and written English. The preschool classroom is located at Russian Jack. Students attend 4 hour sessions, 5 days per week. ASD transportation is provided. Contact the AKSDHH at 742-4281.