Universal Preschool Program

    The Glendale Elementary School District provides special education preschool to children who qualify based on eligibility determined by the IEP team following an appropriate evaluation that meets state requirements.

    The Universal Preschool Program is a 3 hour program, 4 days a week, for our 3, 4 and 5 year old children.

    This special education classroom has a majority of students with some identified special need. Typically developing peer role models may also be in our Universal classrooms (paying tuition/scholarship).


    The Universal program provides a smaller adult to child ratio than our CEP program.


    Instruction includes pre-academics/thinking skills, social-emotional skills, self-care and routines, language and communication, fine & gross motor activities. A variety of activities are provided in centers, small groups and large groups setting.


    Teachers and our preschool staff collect data specific to goals listed in each child’s IEP. 


    Teaching Strategies GOLD is used by the state of Arizona and Glendale Elementary as our system of monitoring general preschool development of all preschool students.


    This data is used for lesson planning, individualization, sharing of information with parents, and progress reports.


    The determination of what preschool program is most appropriate will be done in conjunction with an educational team.