USD 490 Preschool Programs

4-Year-Old At-Risk Program

El Dorado Public Schools offers 4-year-old preschool programs at Blackmore Elementary, Grandview Elementary, and potentially Skelly Elementary, providing engaging learning-readiness activities for children. Pre-Kindergarten programs are taught by certified, high-quality teachers who provide a solid educational and social foundation for children to learn in a developmentally appropriate setting. To qualify for these programs, all children must live in USD 490, and be four years of age on or before August 31 of the current school year.

Children attend Monday – Friday, 3 hours per day, in either morning or afternoon sessions. Transportation is available along with either breakfast for the morning session, or lunch for the afternoon session. Nutritious snacks are also provided.

Enrollment in the program will be dependent upon meeting 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.

The program will have a limited number of openings which will not require the qualifying criteria outlined above.

Applications are available at any school or district administrative office or online: PreKindergarten Interest Form.  Parents are asked to provide the child’s birth certificate and immunization record as well.

Submitting an application/interest form does not guarantee admittance. Your child will be placed per review of qualifying factors set forth by the Kansas State Board of Education.

Early Childhood Special Education Program

USD 490 also offers early childhood special education classes at Blackmore, Grandview, and Skelly Elementary to qualifying children ages three to five. The Butler County Special Education Interlocal offers Child Find developmental screenings. The purpose of these free screenings is to help parents identify potential learning problems and find help.

If your preschool age (3-5 years) child has difficulty walking, talking, seeing, hearing or learning, please call the Special Education office at 316-775-6904 to schedule a free appointment.

If you have developmental concerns about an infant or toddler (0-3 years), please call Rainbows of Butler County at 316-320-1342.

Child Find screenings are by appointment only.

Peer Role Model Program

El Dorado Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is designed for children 3 to 5 years of age who qualify for services in areas such as communicating, learning, hearing, seeing, moving, or socializing. Peers in this same age group that serve as role models are also accepted. 

Peer Role Models must meet the following:

  • The child must be between the ages of 3 years 6 months and 5 years by September 1 of the current school year and be toilet trained to qualify.

  • The child must reside in the El Dorado School District or have a parent who is employed by the district. (Proof of address will be required.)

  • The child must pass a screening in the areas of: language, speech, motor, social, self-help, and pre-academic skills.

  • Applications turned in by March 25, 2021 will be given priority consideration.

  • Applicants who qualify will be randomly selected.

  • Applications can be picked up at any El Dorado School, District Office, or on the District website.

  • Transportation provided to USD 490 attendance area addresses.

  • Regular enrollment fees will apply to students selected for the program.


For more information please contact: Jenifer Davis – Executive Director of Instructional Support
(316) 322-4800

Click here for Early Childhood Role Model Application

Parents As Teachers

We Are Here For You!

The Parents As Teachers program inspires parents to be their child’s first and most influential teacher!

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. PAT is voluntary, and free of charge to families living within the El Dorado Public Schools, USD 490, boundaries.

Goals of the Parents as Teachers Program:

  • Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development to support parenting practices

  • Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues

  • Increase children's school readiness and school success

Services Provided:

  • Personalized Visits- Usually conducted in your home, a Parent Educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information; help you learn to observe your child; and assist in your parenting concerns.

  • Playgroups – An informal hour with a Parent Educator and other children in a safe and educational environment to encourage the development a wide range of age-appropriate skills. There are many locations to choose from, and the playgroups are free.

  • Group Meetings– Enhance parents’ knowledge of child development and promotes improved parenting practices relating to special topics.

  • Screenings – Accesses your child’s overall development, including health, hearing and vision, conducted by our PAT Parent Educator.

  • Resource Network– Links for your family to other community services.

Recognizing that all families can benefit from this kind of support, Parents as Teachers families come in all configurations, and from all socio-economic levels. Experience has shown that everyone wants to be a good parent, and the support PAT offers helps that happen!

For more information please contact your local school office.

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