Early Childhood Programs

At Phoenix Elementary District #1, we offer a variety of preschool programs designed to meet each child’s individual needs within a curriculum that is culturally relevant. The programs are:

Montessori Augustus H. Shaw Montessori classrooms are comprised of 3-6 year olds. The Montessori Method is a child-centered approach for children, based on theories of child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Montessori Method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher. It stresses the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing abstract concepts and practical skills. It is also characterized by the use of autodidactic (self-correcting) equipment for introduction and learning of various concepts.

District Program Phoenix Elementary School District #1 preschool programs serve students who live in Phoenix Elementary School District. The program implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the individual needs of each student. The focus is on the development of the whole child in a cognitively rich and responsive environment. Every child in our program has the opportunity to participate in a variety of active learning experiences that foster cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. Educational experiences for preschool students are based on the understanding that young children learn through socio-dramatic and constructive play. Our preschool classrooms create an environment that promotes independence, fosters decision-making, and encourages involvement of children and families. Our preschool classrooms are located at Garfield and Kenilworth Schools. Faith North is our Early Childhood Center serving students from across the district.

Head Start The Head Start program is developed around the belief that a child can benefit from a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program that fosters development. The child’s family as well as the community must be involved in the program. The Head Start program is designed to meet the needs of low-income families. Our Head Start classrooms are located at Bethune, Capitol, Edison, Heard, and Lowell Schools. For further information, call Booker T. Washington Head Start at 602-252-4743 or Greater Phoenix Urban League Head Start at 602-276-9305.

Preschool Child Find We offer Child Find Screenings weekly from July to May. Children 2 years and 9 months or older may participate in hearing, vision and developmental screenings to determine if further evaluations are necessary. Eligible children who are identified with significant delays will be offered services in a preschool setting that best meets their specific needs. These services are free to residents residing in the District boundaries. If you think your preschool-age child may have speech or other developmental delays, please call 602-257-3808 or 602-257-3901 to get additional information and to make an appointment.

If you have an infant birth to 2 years 9 months of age who appears to have developmental delays, please contact Arizona Early Intervention Programs (AzEIP) at 602-253-1620 to learn about services available for younger children with disabilities.

For additional information please contact Garthanne de Ocampo at 602-257-3901 or e-mail:
garthanne.deocampo@phxschools.org.