Olathe Public Schools Early Childhood Programs

  • The Olathe Public Schools provides a variety of learning experiences for children ages birth to 5 years of age in the school district.

    For specific information any of these programs, please click the link to the left.

    • Early Childhood Special Education: Our Early Childhood Special Education programs serve children who demonstrate a significant delay in one or more areas of development (cognition, motor, social, communication, adaptive). Services can be provided within a range of environments.
    • Jump Start: Olathe's Jump Start program serves 4-year-old children the year before kindergarten who meet at-risk criteria (teen parent, free lunch, parents speak a language other than English, single parent, migrant status, referral from DCF, parent lacks a high school diploma or GED).
    • Fee-Based Peer Program: Three and four year old children who do not meet the criteria for Jump Start (at-risk) or Early Childhood Special Education can apply to participate in one of these programs as a fee-based peer. Fee-Based Peer enrollment is limited and selections will be made via lottery.  Click ' Fee-Based Peer Program' on the left menu for additional info.
    • Kids Count Screening: If you suspect your child has a developmental delay, the district can complete a developmental screening at no cost to you. Screenings include developmental testing for all areas (cognition, motor, social, communication, and adaptive).
    • Olathe Head Start: Olathe Head Start serves children between the ages of 3 and 5 who meet program requirements from the federal government.
    • Olathe Parents as Teachers: Parents as Teachers promotes optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers through home visits, playgroups, screenings, and resources. Visit the Parents as Teachers website.

    These programs and services are designed to help build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.