CES Developmental Preschool Tuition Program

  • Preschool children learningWhat is Developmental Preschool?

    Developmental Preschool is a half-day high-quality integrated preschool program that supports the development of ALL participants both with and without special needs through play and specially designed curriculum. Students with developmental delays and disabilities receive specialized instruction in this developmentally appropriate preschool classroom. An essential and vibrant component of this experience is learning side-by-side with typically developing peers who can serve as role models and provide positive peer interactions.

    Students enrolled as peers in this integrated preschool setting tend to:

    • Benefit from a high-quality curriculum and program activities
    • Develop meaningful relationships with a wide cross section of peers with and without developmental delays and disabilities
    • Learn social emotional and leadership skills that apply to the real world

    The school district seeks a limited number of typically developing peers to participate in the preschool program each school year.

    Daily activities include:

    Sensory play: We learn to understand the world through our senses as we explore a wide variety of fun materials
    Fine motor activities: We learn to use our hands to build, draw, write, bead, and complete puzzles
    Outside and inside free play: We learn the most as young children through exploration of the world and through interactions with our peers. This time leads to rich imaginary and explorative play.
    2 circle times: In circle time we learn to be in a group, listen, think together, take turns, and think about a specific topic or theme.
    Daily art, science, or cooking activities: We explore through daily experiences with a wide variety of materials and food items that engage our sense of curiosity and creativity.
    Music and movement: We use games and songs to encourage imitation skills and a child’s ability to understand rhythm. This is linked to language development and body awareness skills

    Throughout our daily activities we also embed theme-based learning as we explore a wide variety of topics throughout the year. This helps children learn new vocabulary and take a deeper look into a specific topic. Some of our themes this year have included Trees and Wood, The Five Senses, Tubes and Tunnels, and Gardening. We also embed pre-literacy skills and pre-math skills in our daily games and activities.

    We are lucky at Chautauqua to have a big beautiful forest, pond, and school garden right outside our classroom doors. We encourage a respect and curiosity of nature through weekly forest and garden walks.

    Who teaches Developmental Preschool?
    Developmental Preschool is taught by Annie Reissiger.

    What is the schedule and tuition for the program?

    Morning Program (3 year olds)
    Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    Time: 9:05-11:55
    Full tuition: $250/ Month
    Reduced tuition for income eligible families : $55/month
    Children with an IEP do not pay tuition for this program.

    Afternoon Program (4 Year olds)
    Time: 12:55- 3:35
    Days: Monday-Thursday
    Full tuition: $325/ Month
    Reduced tuition for income eligible families : $60/month
    Children with an IEP do not pay tuition for this program.

    If you have questions about our program or would like to schedule a visit, please contact:
    Annie Reissiger at 206-463-8647 or email areissiger@vashonsd.org

  • Both programs follow the VISD school calendar for holidays and breaks.

    Typical Developing Peers:

    AM Program - Must turn three by August 31st
    PM Program - Must turn four by August 31st 

    Tuition is not applicable for students enrolled under IEP status. Tuition-based children are enrolled on a space-available basis; if necessary, a lottery will be held.
    When families register at the school, they will need to complete a registration packet and are asked to provide birth certificate. *Free and reduced lunch application must be completed, submitted and approved at beginning of the school year to receive reduced rate.
    If you have additional questions about registration for the CES Developmental Preschool Program in Vashon Island School District, please contact the Chautauqua Office, 206-463-2882.