Early Childhood Services

    Bainbridge Island Early Childhood Services are a component of the Bainbridge Island School District and vary depending on the needs of the child and family.   We serve identified children and their families in the District’s Developmental Preschool programs and Head Start, as well as through individual or small group therapy. In addition, the Developmental Preschools are now open to typically-developing peer models. Families must reside on Bainbridge Island to be eligible for screening and/or services.

    If you have concerns about your child’s development, Preschool Screenings occur once monthly from September through April.  Spaces are limited and an appointment is required.

    The Bainbridge Island Preschool Teams serve children who ...

    • are ages 3 to 5 years (and are not currently enrolled in kindergarten)
    • have physical or mental disabilities, hearing or visual impairment, health conditions which affect learning, or who have significant delays in:
    • Communication development and/or
    • Physical development (fine or gross motor skills) and/or
    • Cognitive development and/or
    • Social/emotional/behavioral development and/or
    • Adaptive (self-help) development
    • and whom meet eligibility criteria as determined by the State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    To schedule an appointment, please contact Maria Kuffel, Special Services Coordinator, at 206-780-1088.  For children ages birth to three, the Preschool Team provides telephone screening and referral to Holly Ridge Center and other providers for evaluation and services. Please call Maria Kuffel at 206-780-1088for more information.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics provides information regarding typical developmental milestones.

    Depending upon evaluation results, the Preschool Team may recommend one of the following: consultation with the family and/or community preschool teacher, individual or small group therapy, or placement in one of the Bainbridge Island School District Developmental Preschool programs. Each child’s program is individually designed by the family and special education staff. The Bainbridge Island Preschool Teams work with families and community organizations to provide comprehensive, collaborative special education and related services.

    The Preschool Team includes a psychologist, speech/language, physical and occupational therapists, as well as special education preschool teachers. Eligible children receive services based on their individual needs.

    Developmental Preschool:
    The district offers a Developmental Preschool for eligible students and a limited number of tuition-paying, typically-developing peer models.

    Maria Kuffel
    Special Services Coordinator