Early Childhood

Benjamin 25 early childhood program and team are here to support and ensure that our youngest learners enter our district in a positive, student focused program that allows them to learn social emotional, self-help, and pre-academic skills through a developmentally appropriate play based approach.

Benjamin SD 25 Early childhood program


          Mrs. Tina Quealy

Ms. Lesly Romero

          Mrs. Carrie Zapata

Our preschool program includes

  • A self-contained classroom that addresses the specific needs of students who qualify for special education services and require a more intensive program

  • Developmentally appropriate activities, presenting children with challenges while offering opportunities for success

  • Activities to achieve these learning standards include the use of independent and guided reading, opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery, music and movement, gym and playground, dramatic play, and activities that foster critical thinking skills

  • Open-ended activities that enhance speech development, language acquisition, cognitive skills, social interactions, emotional growth, and fine and gross motor skills

  • Learning standards are addressed in literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts

  • A Certified teacher with early childhood endorsements facilitates the classes.  A speech-language pathologist and other educational specialists assist the teachers as needed. 

  • Morning session is 8:30-11:05 Afternoon session is 12:20-2:55.  Each classroom is comprised of students from ages three to turning five during the school year.


Each blended classroom will go up to 16 students, 5 with identified special education needs and 11 At-Risk.  Our goal is to instruct our early childhood students in the least restrictive environment possible, with related service providers pushing in whenever possible, depending on individual student needs.

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