PDSD Preschool Philosophy
We at the PDSD Preschool believe that the child comes first. Individual journeys of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children are embraced, along with providing a rich educational environment that is safe and loving. We instill confidence by providing instruction through active learning that is creative and differentiated, leading to self-discovery. Focus is given to the whole child by providing a foundation of skills in all developmental areas including: language, physical, social-emotional, and cognitive. We take pride in facilitating the language development of each child in the mode of communication that is most effective for them, in an environment that can support both American Sign Language and spoken English. With a strong emphasis on family participation as equal partners in their child’s education, our strength as a program is to meet children where they are and move them forward as a team.
All teachers are Certified Teachers skilled in supporting children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our teachers are equipped to offer a range of communication opportunities including American Sign Language and spoken English. Our teachers nurture each child and celebrate the growth that they see each day. PDSD preschool teachers love what they do and they all work hard to meet the needs of each child.
We support families in following the child’s lead in determining the most beneficial and productive developmental activities, communication methods, and learning techniques that families can use in the home to interact with and support the development of their child. We offer a variety of family events throughout the year within the preschool department and in collaboration with the K-12 department on campus. Some of the events we’ve offered in the past: Listening and Spoken Language Techniques for Parents, Behavior Management at Home, Holiday Celebration, Spring Carnival, Movie Night, and many more events. In addition, PDSD (and ASDB) offers numerous family sign classes to fit the scheduling and linguistic needs of our families.
Becoming a part of the PDSD program
All PDSD students come to us through the IEP process. Families need to contact their local school district to begin this process. The child’s school district will complete an evaluation and determine eligibility for services and then develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The IEP team, including the family, will look at the child’s educational and language needs and determine the best setting to meet those needs. If the team determines that the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf Preschool program is the best placement, the family will begin the enrollment process with PDSD.
The preschool staff emphasizes honoring and nurturing the whole child. Services are provided in the following areas of development, as reflected by the Individual Education Program (IEP): Language Development, Auditory Training, Fine and Gross Motor Development, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiological Services, small student to teacher ratios and FM/Soundfield systems available for each classroom. There is no cost to the family for services provided by the preschool.
|Simonton Location||PDSD Site (3 year old)||PDSD Site (4 year old)|
|Address||40300 N Simonton Blvd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140||7654 N 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021||7654 N 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021|
|Days per week||4 days a week||4 days a week||4 days a week|
|Classes||1 classroom (mix of 3, 4 and 5 year olds)||2 classrooms||3 classrooms|
|Hours||3 hours per day||3 hours per day||all day|
|Sessions||2 sessions: 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-3:30||2 sessions: 8-11am and 12-3pm||8am-3pm|
|Communication Options||AM: ASL only; PM: spoken English only||Mix depending on need: ASL, Dual language (ASL and spoken English), spoken English only||Mix depending on need: ASL, Dual language (ASL and spoken English), spoken English only|
|Programming||Play, vocabulary and language focused instruction||Play, vocabulary and language focused instruction||Play, vocabulary and language focused instruction|
|Ratio||Small ratios: 1:6||Small ratios: 1:6||Small ratios: 1:8|
|Food||Snacks provided||Meals: Breakfast/lunch and snack||Meals: Breakfast/lunch and snack|
|Transportation||Parent drop-off/pick-up or bus transport (district)||Parent drop-off/pick-up or bus transport (district or PDSD)||Parent drop-off/pick-up or bus transport (district or PDSD)|
Interim Assistant Principal: Amber Akapnitis (602) 771-4310 / (VP) (480) 840-7247 / [email protected]
Secretary: Alexia Riff (VP) (623) 223-7800 / [email protected]