About Preschool Programs

If you have any questions, please email us at preschool@tps501.org.


The Preschool Intervention Program (PIP) offers a half day (3 hours) of preschool for three and four year old children that have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP). There is a morning session and an afternoon session. Students receive specially designed instruction by a special education teacher. The program offers a continuum of appropriate, individualized services to enhance the development of children with special needs.

To be in the half-day PIP, students must either have an Individual Education Plan or have passed a development screener to serve as a Peer Model.


The Preschool Intervention Program (PIP) classrooms provide special education services to students with a disability. Each classroom has some students placed in the room that display typically -developing skills in order to a peer model for the students with a disability. The program is a half-day (3 hours) with one session in the morning and one session in the afternoon. In order to qualify, the student must pass a developmental screening to ensure they are a candidate to be a peer model.


Sheldon Head Start Child Development Center provides full day preschool for three and four year old children daily from 9:15-4:00 (10:15-4:00 on Fridays). As a Head Start program we provide a model of services that is designed to meet the whole child's needs. Services include: on-site medical, nutrition, family advocacy, home visitation, mental health, disability and education services. There are certain qualifying factors for students to be accepted into the program.

Community Action Head Start promotes school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. Community Action Head Start supports children's growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:

  • Early learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development

  • Health: Each child's development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.

  • Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development.

Community Action offers both full and half day Preschool Services. If selected for the Full Day option the hours are Monday-Thursday from 8;00-4:00 or half day from 8:00-11:30 and 12:30-4:00


The State Pre-K programs are located within the elementary schools as well as at Shaner Early Learning Academy. State Pre-K provides full day preschool for four year old children daily from 8:40-3:40 (9:30-3:40 on Fridays). We offer a rigorous, research-based curriculum that prepares students for kindergarten. Our classrooms are taught by certified teachers and each classroom has a paraprofessional to assist. There are certain qualifying factors for students to be accepted into the program.


Shaner is a tuition based Early Learning Academy that provides educational opportunities for children for the Topeka area. Our program is available to three and four year olds. We offer a rigorous play based curriculum that prepares our students for kindergarten. Our classrooms are taught by certified teachers and each classroom has a paraprofessional to assist. We also provide special education services for our students that might need them and work with Family Service and Guidance for additional opportunities.

Our doors are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with our partnership through the YWCA. Class time runs from 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Included in the tuition is breakfast, lunch, and snack.


Pine Ridge Prep is an Early Learning Community. This means we provide educational opportunities for children from Community Action Head Start, Special Education, State Preschool Program and the Pine Ridge community. Children will learn, play, and grow together in one of three classrooms with the a certified teaching staff utilizing the research based curriculum. Pine Ridge Prep has a total of three classrooms which are comprised of three and four year old students. Each classroom is lead by an early childhood licensed teacher. Each classroom also has two para-professionals. Pine Ridge Prep offers many on-site services to the children and families that we serve. Some of those services are: Special Education Services, Social work services, Family service worker and Parenting classes.

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