Special Needs Preschool

  • At AESD, we believe that all of our children are capable of success, no exceptions!  We provide a continuum of services for all of our learners from preschool through 8th grade to ensure we are supporting each of our learners to achieve their success.

    AESD offers a preschool program for students with disabilities that provides a smaller staff to student ratio than our community education preschool programs. The special needs preschool program is located at Wildflower School. We have AM and PM programs in three different classrooms, which are constructed to meet the needs of each student.  If your child in enrolled in our paid preschool program through ACE, your child's IEP team will meet to determine the most appropriate way for your child to receive needed services. Please contact our ESS preschool staff (below) with questions.

    We have an amazing preschool evaluation team that works diligently to ensure the very best placement is recommended for each and every one of our amazing students.

    If your preschool student has already been identified as in need of special education services and has an IEP, please contact us to schedule an appointment to review your child’s plan.

    Dr. Melissa Gonzalez - Preschool School Psychologist

    Kim Levingar - Preschool Speech Language Pathologist/Lead Related Services


    Meet our Special Needs Preschool Teaching Staff!
    Preschool Campus Locations

    Mrs. Eddards

    Wildflower School aeddard@avondale.k12.az.us

    Mrs. Aguilar

    Wildflower School 
    Ms. Dewandler

     Wildflower School jdewand@avondale.k12.az.us

    Ms. Nuness

    Wildflower School dnuness@avondale.k12.az.us

    If your child has not been identified yet, and you are concerned about their development AESD offers FREE DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS.

    AESD’s screenings approximately every 45 days throughout the school year for any child ages 2 years and 9 months to 5.  The child must live within the AESD boundaries. Click the link below to see a map of the boundaries.

     Boundary Map

     Screenings are held on Wednesdays from 8 am to 12 pm. They are by appointment only. Please contact our preschool ESS district staff or Yvonne Sorrentino, the ESS Administrative Assistant, at ysorren@avondale.k12.az.us or (623) 772-5026 to schedule an appointment. The screenings for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:


    August 7
    September 4
    October 2
    November 13
    December 18


    January 29
    March 18
    April 22
    May 20

    The following is information about the screening:

    • Screenings take approximately 1 hour.
    • The child and guardian must be present.
    • The screening begins with a hearing and vision screening. If the child fails or cannot complete either vision or hearing for any reason, they cannot proceed to the full screening until they are evaluated by a medical professional or if the guardian has records of a recent vision and hearing screening that can be submitted to allow the child to proceed with the screening.
    • All children will be screened in the following areas:
      1. Hearing
      2. Vision
      3. Communication (Speech)
      4. Motor skills
      5. Behavior
      6. Self help skills
      7. Social skills
      8. Intellectual skills
    • If your child is found to be below the expected level of typical development based on the screening, they will be referred for a full evaluation by the preschool team to determine if they qualify for preschool special education services.

  • Child Find Information 

    The intent of Child Find under both federal and state requirements is to ensure that all children ages birth-21 years with delays or disabilities are identified, located and evaluated in order to receive needed early intervention supports or special education services. Public agencies responsible for providing these supports and services are obligated to actively search to "find" children who may be eligible and conduct an eligibility determination process that includes screening and evaluation according to state established criteria.  For more information on this subject, please call the ADE/Child Find Unit at (928) 637-1871, DES/AzEIP Office at (602) 635-9799 or (800) 237-3007 or the Children's Information Center at (800) 232-1676. For additional support for parents of children with disabilities, you can also contact Raising Special Kids at (602) 242-4366 or (800) 237-3007.

    Arizona Child Find Website

    AZ DES/AzEIP Website

    Children's Information Center Website

    Raising Special Kids

    Early intervention supports and services assist families of eligible children aged birth to three to help their child develop to his or her full potential and, to the maximum extent possible, participate in the daily activities and routines of their families and communities with greater independence and competence.

    Special Education for preschool and school aged children provides specialized instruction and supports and/or related services to assist children in reaching their developmental milestones and in participating in developmentally appropriate activities, including accessing the general curriculum and in benefiting from their educational environment.

    Early Childhood Special Education Information