Amanecer Developmental Preschool

Amanecer Developmental Preschool

2017-2018 Tuition Registration is now closed.

2018-2019 Tuition Registration will begin in February 2018

 As updates are available they will be posted here.

For tuition payments log into your family account at:
All tuition payments are made online at the web address above. No payments are accepted in the preschool office.  If you have a Community Education account, make sure to always use your preschool username in order to be taken to your preschool account.

Amanecer Preschool is a high-quality, blended preschool program that provides instruction for students in a setting in which special needs and typically developing students grow and learn together in a positive, nurturing environment. Tuition students new to Amanecer Preschool are screened according to Child Find guidelines. Superstition Springs Elementary and Quartz Hill Elementary have been added as new campuses for Amanecer.

Instruction is individualized based upon ongoing progress monitoring
 (Teaching Strategies GOLD) so the teacher knows what a child knows and what they are ready to learn next.  GOLD is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through Kindergarten.It helps teachers observe children in the context of everyday experiences, which is an effective way to learn what they know and can do.

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The Amanecer preschool program provides opportunities for your child to:

  • Develop an enjoyment for learning
  • Explore and investigate for deeper knowledge
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Receive instruction from a certified teacher with the assistance of trained paraprofessionals
  • Build friendships with a variety of peers
  • Develop creativity
  • Learn how to be part of a classroom community
  • Receive individualized instruction informed by rigorous on-going progress monitoring data analysis
  • Build social-emotional competence
  • Build communication skills
  • Develop fine and gross motor physical skills
  • Develop pre-academic knowledge and skills
  • Engage in purposeful and productive play experiences that foster memory development, symbolic thinking, positive approaches to learning, positive social and language skills, math skills, and self-regulation instruction.

The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on five fundamental principles. They guide practice and help us understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and operating preschool programs in particular ways. These are the principles:

    • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning
    • Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
    • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
    • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
    • Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.

    Our instruction is aligned to Arizona Early Learning State Standards developed by the Arizona Department of Education.


    Provide preschoolers with a play-based, developmentally-driven learning environment and variety of experiences which help each child learn and develop, achieving success in all areas, appropriate to their ability and stage of development.

    We believe that children:
    • Are precious and deserve to feel nurtured, special and unique
    • Need to feel safe to explore their world and try new things
    • Need to be stimulated academically
    • Must have the opportunity to experience a developmentally-appropriate curriculum that fosters their success.
    • Need opportunities to express their creativity
    • Need guidance to develop socially acceptable behaviors
    • Must have opportunities for meaningful play to help them develop fully and reach their individual potential.  
    We believe that families:
    • Must be valued for their bonds and traditions
    • Must have their dreams for their children fostered
    • Must be respected for their family’s unique needs  
    We believe that staff:
    • Must be valued for their vision, delight in children, skill, heart, and knowledge, and commitment to families
    • Must never lose their willingness to play
    • Must collaborate together to create optimal learning for children<


    Gilbert Educational Complex - Building A, 140 S. Gilbert Rd. 85296
    Phone: 480-497-3461


    • The process is initiated at the Special Education District Preschool Office (Building A at district complex)
    • Weekly Child Find screenings are held by appointment only.
    • If screening results indicate the need for an evaluation, the district will conduct the evaluation.
    • If the student is determined eligible under Arizona Department of Education guidelines, an IEP is developed and the student will be offered district preschool IEP services.
    • To begin the referral process, submit the preschool screening application (choose screening application download above) with a current utility bill and the child’s original certified birth certificate. Bring all items to the district preschool office.


    • Registration will remain open until filled, with a final closing date of January 26, 2018.
    • A limited number of tuition students are accepted as ROLE MODEL students in our preschool classrooms.
    • There are more of the younger students in the AM session and more older students in the PM session.


    • Children must be 3 by August 31st to attend
    • Tuition children are required to be toilet trained.
    • Tuition students MUST be fluent English role models.


    • Tuition for 3-day (M, T, TH) is $220.00 each month (2 ½ hours per day)
    • Tuition for 4-day (M, T, W, TH) is $270 each month (Wednesday is 2 hours) A $50.00 NON-REFUNDABLE yearly registration fee per family.
    • $50 registration fee and the first months tuition are due at registration and are non-refundable.

    Days, times, and locations are subject to change prior to the first day of school.
    Parent handbook is located in the link section above.
    For additional information, please call 480-497-3461

    ** If you are concerned about your child’s development please start with our screening process:



    Program Locations for 2017-2018
    Days, times, and locations are subject to change prior to the first day of school.

    Ashland Ranch
    Augusta Ranch
    Boulder Creek
    Canyon Rim
    Carol Rae Ranch
    Gilbert Elementary
    Greenfield Elementary
    Highland Park
    Oak Tree
    Playa del Rey
    Quartz Hill
    Sonoma Ranch
    Settler's Point
    Superstition Springs
    Towne Meadows
    Val Vista Lakes


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