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Preschool Programs in DoDEA

Preschool

Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS)

Preschool is a partial day, standards-based program that serves eligible military dependents and families in schools who live on stateside bases with DDESS schools. The Preschool curriculum promotes child development in the following domains: physical, social and emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts. Preschool programs are developmentally appropriate; follow an adopted curriculum, and provide safe, caring, learning environments for young children. Current adopted DoDEA content standards and curriculum materials are implemented in the Preschool classroom.

Enrollment Eligibility

Preschool is a program for eligible military dependents who are currently living on a stateside military base with a DDESS school and meet the four year old age requirement (must turn four years old by September 1 of the current school year).


Sure Start

Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS): Europe and Pacific

Sure Start is a full day preschool program that serves military children and families living overseas. In addition to offering a high-quality educational program that reflects best practices in the field, Sure Start also provides health and nutrition, social, and parent involvement services. Close collaboration between families, schools, and the installation community is viewed as essential and a required part of the program.

This multipronged approach to the delivery of services distinguishes Sure Start from all other DoDEA programs. Current adopted DoDEA content standards and curriculum materials are implemented in the Sure Start classroom.

Enrollment Eligibility

Sure Start is a program for command sponsored four year old dependents (must turn four years old by September 1 of the current school year). Children qualify for Sure Start based on the rank of the sponsor: E1-E4 or civilian rank equivalent is the first priority, E5-E6 or civilian rank equivalent is the second priority and E7-E9 or civilian rank equivalent is the third priority. Additional criteria may be applied (see Sure Start Guide).


Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities (PSCD)

Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS)
Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS): Europe and Pacific

The PSCD program for the young child has specifically designed instruction, support, and services for students with an identified disability which requires them to have an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs. Current adopted DoDEA content standards and curriculum materials are implemented in the PSCD classroom.

The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.12, "Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents."

Enrollment Eligibility

Preschool special education services are provided for children three to five years of age who demonstrate a significant difference in actual functioning when compared with the functioning of a nondisabled child of the same chronological age. This significant difference occurs in one or more of the developmental areas as measured using standardized evaluation instruments and confirmed by clinical observation and judgment.


Contact Information: 

DoDEA Early Childhood Education Coordinator
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400