Early Childhood Exceptional Education

Explorer/Partners Preschools

The Explorer/Partners Preschools are a full inclusion "blended" model where 50% of the children have identified special needs and 50% are 'typically developing peers." This less restrictive model is for preschool children who are ready for a more typical learning environment with slightly larger class size.

Explorer/Partners attend 3 hours a day, 4 days a week, not on Wednesday.

Speech and language specialists, and occupational and physical therapists work in an integrated manner in the classrooms. Therapists and teachers plan together for follow-up and extension of activities in the classroom.

TUSD's Explorer/Partners Preschool classes are licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Child Goals
Your child will participate in daily activities that include stories, writing, math, science, music, movement, block building, and dramatic play. The indoor and outdoor experiences that staff provide will promote your child's growth in all developmental areas: social/emotional, motor, language, math, science, and the arts. Your child's teacher uses the Arizona Early Learning Standards in planning learning activities for the children. Teaching Strategies Gold is used as the program monitoring tool.

Parent Participation
Parent participation is considered essential and takes many forms such as in-class volunteers, field trip organizers, discussions of educational issues, and talent sharing. Parents are considered an active part of their child's learning experience. Children enjoy seeing their parents as an important part of their school world.