Early Childhood Programs

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    The Leon County Schools Early Childhood Programs are based upon research which supports the understanding of theoretical perspectives, with implications for how to teach; what to teach and when; how to assess what children have learned; how to adapt curriculum and instruction to children’s individual strengths, needs and interests; and how to establish reciprocal relationships with families. 

    Children are recognized for their individuality, regardless of socio-economic status or ability, with knowledge of and sensitivity to social and cultural diversity.

    Leon County Schools Early Childhood Programs serve children from birth through five years of age who are eligible for the following:


    Exceptional Student Education

    The Exceptional Student Education Program serves children who are three through five years of age and have special needs. Classes are located in the elementary schools and community-based sites. The students in this program must meet eligibility requirements set by Special Programs and Procedures, Leon County Schools Exceptional Student Education Department.

    Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

    The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program serves children who are four years of age by September 1. Children attend a 540 instructional hour school year program or a 300 instructional hour summer program.

    Private Pay

    There is limited enrollment available to children from the community who pay registration and tuition fees at Leon County School sites for a full school day VPK/PP Program.

    Teenage Parent Program Services

    Early Childhood Programs houses the Leon County Schools Teenage Parent Program for secondary students to receive childcare, childbirth education, child development and parenting instruction, and supportive services.  Phone (850) 922-2099 and ask for TAPP, or see your school counselor for more information.

    “The Leon County School District does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex (including transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender identity), marital status, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or genetic information.”

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  • Martha Fletcher,
    Director II,
    Exceptional Student Services and 
    Early Childhood Programs
    Program staff include: 
    Patti Berry - Program Specialist
    Donna Melton - Curriculum Specialist
    Brenda Pardee - Speech Language Pathologist 
    Sheri Polhemus - Educational Diagnostician
    Brandie Taylor - Child Find Specialist
    Pat Burney - VPK Program Information
    School-year office hours:
    8:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m.
    Summer hours (June 5 - August 3, 2017):
    7:30 a. m. to 6:00 p. m.
    500 N. Appleyard Drive, Building 1
    Tallahassee, FL 32304
    Phone (850) 922-2099
    Fax (850) 487-7614

Last Modified on June 20, 2017