Pre-School Near Peer Model

Jefferson School District

Preschool Peer Model Policy and Application

The Special Education Early Childhood Preschool Program is based on early childhood special education guidelines. The purpose of our program is to serve children with disabilities as federally mandated under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Inclusive classes are set up with a mix of students who have a disability as well as some typically developing peers, also referred to as peer models. The program is beneficial to all students to learn in a positive structured environment. Peer models act as social, language and behavior models for students who have a disability and may have delays in these areas.


Peer model policy and information:

  • Availability
    1. The number of peer model positions is determined by the number of students with disabilities in the program.
    2. Peer models attend two days a week.
    3. Peers may participate in one session a year for a maximum of two years.
    4. Placement is not guaranteed from one year to the next.
    5. There is no guarantee for placement.
  • Applications for peer models will be accepted online from April to August 10th prior to the year the child could attend. Click HERE to access the application.  Determinations for peer models will not be made until the last week of August to ensure we have room for the special education students.
  • Peer models must meet the following criteria:
    1. Be 3 years old by September 1st of the school year in which they will attend the 3-year-old class or be 4 years old by September 1st of the school year in which they will attend the 4-year-old class.
    2. Children who are age 5 by September 1st of that school year are not eligible to attend preschool.
    3. Have regular attendance.
    4. Exhibit the skills below:

Social Skills (ex. follow classroom routines and directions, respond when spoken to by a peer or adult and/or initiate and demonstrate appropriate play).

Self-Help Skills (ex. toilet trained and/or independently feed himself/herself).

Communication (ex. speech is clear and understandable, use a minimum of 3 word phrases, and/or respond when spoken to).

Cognitive (ex. correctly name some colors and/or knows their own name).

  • Should the peer model have reoccurring problems such as toileting, hitting, screaming and/or refusal to participate, or do not exhibit the skills in item “3, d”, they will be dismissed from the program. If behaviors are such that they cause threat to peers or staff, it may be a cause for immediate
  • Payment of fees must be timely. If fees are not paid within 10 days of the due date, the child will be dismissed from the program.  A fee schedule and amount will be provided.
  • Transportation is not provided by the school district and is the parent/guardian responsibility.
  • Priority placement will be determined by the criteria below:
    1. A child whose parent/guardian is employed by Jefferson School District and is scheduled daily throughout the school year.
    2. A community member child who resides in the Jefferson School District boundary.
  • Should the number of applicants exceed the number of available positions, placement will be determined by lottery and will follow the determination criteria as provided in item 7.
  • If selected, the child must be enrolled in Jefferson School District and supply necessary documentation (such as birth certificate and immunization records) prior to starting preschool.