Preschool Programs
Preschool Programs

USD 490 Preschool Programs

4-Year-Old Program at Jefferson Elementary
El Dorado Public Schools will offer the 4-Year-Old Preschool Program to students at Jefferson Elementary this fall to provide learning readiness activities to children who qualify for the program.

Children must live in USD 490, be four years of age on or before August 31, 2018 and meet one of the following criteria: 1) qualifies for free meals, 2) single parent families, 3) DCF referral (need letter), 4) teen parent or parents when child was born, 5) one parent lacking a high school diploma or GED, 6) qualifies for migrant status, 7) limited English proficiency, 8) developmentally or academically delayed based on validated assessment.

Applications for the program will be available 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, at Blackmore Elementary, 530 N. Orchard St., El Dorado (316-322-4850). Parents are asked to bring the child’s birth certificate and immunization record.


Early Childhood Special Education at Skelly and Jefferson
USD 490 also offers early childhood special education classes at Skelly Elementary and Jefferson Elementary to qualifying children ages three to five. The Butler County Special Education Cooperative holds Count Your Kid In Clinics, free developmental screenings for infants and preschool children, throughout the school year. The purpose of the clinic is to help parents identify potential learning problems and find help.

If your child has difficulty walking, talking, seeing, hearing or learning, please call the Special Education office at 316-775-6904 to schedule a free appointment.

Count Your Kid In Screenings are by appointment only

Click here for Early Childhood Role Model Application



Wildcat Preschool (District Sponsored All-Day Preschool)

Wildcat Preschool is a district sponsored, all-day preschool program at Grandview Elementary that helps students develop the necessary skills to be successful in Kindergarten. A certified teacher will teach students using a research-based curriculum and students will be provided with music and physical education. Preschool students are also able to ride the USD 490 shuttle buses to and from school.

Wildcat Preschool is distinct from the 4-year-old At-Risk and the Early Childhood programs. It is available for any student who lives in USD 490 and will be four-years-old on or before August 31, 2018. Five-year-olds who are not attending Kindergarten are also eligible for the program.

The preschool schedule will follow the normal school schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. in conjunction with the school calendar.

The cost is $163 per week and lunch is provided. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold their spot. The deposit will be refunded if the class fills to capacity.

The pre-enrollment deadline for the 2018-19 school year is May 1, 2018.

Click here for the Wildcat Preschool Application

Click here to download the Wildcat Preschool Brochure