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The Kansas Prekindergarten Guide provides prekindergarten teachers, providers and administrators with common references for high-quality and evidence-based prekindergarten practices. The guide supports the implementation of developmentally appropriate and academically rigorous prekindergarten programs. Click here to download the guide.

Preschool-Aged At-Risk (State Pre-K 4 Year Old At-Risk)

Note: The name of this program has been changed to “Preschool-Aged At-Risk” to align with changes in statute.

The Preschool-Aged At-Risk Program (also known as the State Pre-K 4 Year Old At-Risk Program and the State Pre-Kindergarten Program) provides school districts with slots for preschool-aged students. Each preschool-aged at-risk student who is enrolled in a school district and receiving services is counted as 0.5 FTE in calculating a district’s enrollment and accompanying weightings. Districts are encouraged to create integrated programs that include all students and to develop strong community partnerships.

Related Materials 2019-2020

Preschool-Aged At-Risk SY2019-2020 Grant Requirements, Assurances, and Application (PDF)

Related Materials 2018-2019

IDEA Special Education

Section 619 of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) defines the federal preschool program which guarantees a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to children with disabilities age 3 through 5. Special Education evaluation teams are urged to consider a general education preschool environment whenever possible due to the preponderance of research documenting the positive outcomes for both children with disabilities as well as for children without disabilities.

Joint Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs (external PDF)
U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter (external PDF)

Children with IEPs will not generate Preschool-Aged At-Risk funding, but will generate the equivalent of 0.5 FTEs of Special Education funding. The appropriate teacher-to-child ratio must be maintained (not to exceed 25 students per classroom with a ratio of 1:10).

Kansas Preschool Pilot (KPP)

The Kansas Preschool Pilot is an evidence-based program focused on implementing curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that, when implemented with fidelity, prevent later academic and behavioral challenges in elementary and secondary educational years.  The Kansas Preschool Pilot grant supports children aged 3 through 5; children eligible for kindergarten (age 5 on or before August 31) may not be served with these funds.  At least 50% of the children enrolled in the Kansas Preschool Pilot must meet at least one of the at-risk criteria.

Related Materials 2019-2020

Kansas Preschool Pilot SY2019-2020 Grant Requirements, Assurances, and Application (PDF)

 Related Materials 2018-2019

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Amanda Petersen

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Nis Wilbur

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Natalie McClane

Kindergarten Readiness Coordinator
Julie Ewing

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