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Special Education - Early Childhood Preschool

Emmett Early Childhood Special Education Preschool
400 S Pine Street
Emmett, Idaho 83617


Kimberly Simpson - Special Education Teacher

Kim Simpson: Preschool Special Education Teacher

Melanie Johnson - Special Education Teacher

Melanie Johnson: Preschool Special Education Teacher

ECSE Preschool schedule

2023-2024 School Year Important Dates

  • Preschool Starts: Thursday, September 21st
  • AM Class Last Day: May 9th, 2024
  • PM Class Last Day: May 8th, 2024

We celebrate student birthdays with singing and a special snack. Parents are welcome to send in their child's favorite treat.

Students' weekly schedules will be based on their age and Individual Education Program needs developed by the IEP team.

AM CLASS  for 4 and 5 year olds

  • Students will attend 1-3 days per week based upon individual needs (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Hours: 8:30-11:30
  • Breakfast: AM students will eat breakfast to start the day.  *Please fill out the Breakfast/Lunch form.
  • Snack: The preschool provides a small snack before departure. We appreciate any snack donations.

PM CLASS  for 3 and 4 year olds

  • Students will attend 1-3 days per week based upon individual needs (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)  
  • Hours: 1:00-3:30
  • Lunch is NOT served for the PM session. Please make sure your child eats before coming to school.
  • Snack: The preschool provides a small snack before departure.  We appreciate any snack donations. 

Supply List

  • 1 package of baby wipes (for cleaning faces and hands)*

  • 1 Package of crackers for class snacks (goldfish, graham crackers, teddy grahams, etc.)*

  • Glue Sticks (2) (Elmer's Disappearing purple)*

  • Quart baggies*

  • Backpack with an extra change of clothes (Regular size backpack)

  • Diapers/pull-ups & wipes (if your child is not yet toilet trained, to be kept at school)

Items marked with * will be shared with the classroom. 

School supplies are considered as donations to the school, if you are unable to provide any/all items, please contact the Special Education Secretary, at 208-365-5971.

If you would like to help families in need, please bring an extra set of supplies to the preschool. 

Screening Dates

2023-2024 Screening Dates

  • August 29th-30th
  • December 18th
  • March 11th

Emmett School District #221 conducts preschool screenings for children 3-5 years old. Your child must already be 3 years old to be screened. The screening assists in identifying children who may demonstrate developmental delays requiring special education in one or more of these areas:

  • thinking ability
  • speech/language concerns         
  • self-help skills      
  • social skills         
  • motor skills    
  • emotional concerns
  • other concerns

If you live in the Emmett School District and you have concerns about your child, please contact the Special Education secretary, Paige Whitson, at 208-365-5971, to make an appointment for screening. Alternatively, you may call 208-365-4791 to schedule an appointment. Teachers may be in meetings. Please leave a message with your name and phone number and we will contact you for an appointment. You may also call the Butte View secretary, Stephanie Kelley, at 208-365-4691.   Thank you,

- Miss Kim and Miss Melanie ECSE Preschool Teachers

About Our Program:

Classroom Teachers and Assistants:

  • Special Education Teacher:    Kim Simpson
  • Special Education Teacher:    Melanie Johnson
  • Classroom Assistant:   Kerri Vaughn
  • Classroom Assistant:   Amy Kirsch

Additional Preschool Team Members: (services provided as recommended in the student's IEP)

  • Speech/Language Therapy Services  
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapy Services

Classrooms are now located in the first two modular buildings that are situated on the south side of Butte View Elementary. 

About the ECSE Preschool Classroom:
Circle Time includes a calendar, stories, music, and movement.
Table Activities encourage sitting in an assigned seat and participating in activities such as coloring, building with blocks, and imaginative play with manipulatives, and activity mats.

All students (AM & PM) will participate in small learning groups, rotating through a pre-math, pre-literacy, art (fine motor practice), and a speech/language group. Each group is 15 minutes. We give the students an audible "ding, ding, ding" and they line up to move to the next group.

We have a Sensory Room for indoor play that includes a merry-go-round bicycle, slide, mini-trampolines, mats for jumping and tumbling, a playroom with a tunnel, balls, and basketball hoop, as well as trucks and cars for floor play.

Classroom play areas: House Area, Trains, Cars & Trucks, Legos, Waffle Blocks, Match Box Cars with garage and ramps, dinosaurs, blocks, treasure box, bean table, art with painting easel, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, puzzles, Playdough, doll house, and a STEM area with magnets, gears, and ball roll & ramp table.

Each classroom has a SMARTBoard and the students are taught how to use it appropriately. It is used for handwriting practice, attendance, as well as academic instruction as a support to our curriculum.

General Daily Schedule (Flexible and subject to change)

AM Class:

  • Arrival
  • Breakfast & Toileting*
  • Table Activity
  • Circle Time
  • Small Learning Group Instruction
  • Free Play Choice and/or Sensory Room & Toileting*
  • Smart Circle and Handwriting Without Tears Instruction
  • Snack & Toileting*
  • Departure

*Toileting is not limited to scheduled times

PM Class:

  • Arrival
  • Sensory Room & Toileting*
  • Small Learning Groups
  • Free Play & Toileting*
  • Circle Time & Table Activity
  • Snack & Toileting*
  • Departure

*Toileting is not limited to scheduled times