The Los Alamos Public Schools provides preschool programs for children ages 3-5 who are eligible for special education due to disabling conditions or severe developmental delays. To qualify for services, a severe delay must be identified in one or more areas of development (i.e. speech and language, motor, cognitive, social/behavior skills) through a complete evaluation. Parents who have concerns about possible developmental delays may contact Student Services at the Los Alamos Public Schools, 663-2208, to schedule an appointment for a screening.
Preschool age level peers who are typically developing in all areas are selected to participate on a tuition basis to serve as models of age-appropriate language, motor and social skills. Parents desiring to have their children considered as peer models should contact the schools at the above number to be placed on a screening list. Peer models are selected in the beginning weeks of the school year.
The special education preschool programs are located at Barranca and Pinon Elementary Schools and are in session Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the school year. Morning programs for three year old children are held from 9:00-11:40 and afternoon programs for four year old children are from 12:55-3:35.