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Inclusion Preschool
Columbia River preschool
Special education preschool

Inclusion preschool

A free program for 3- and 4-year-olds who live near specific VPS schools

What: A free half-day inclusive preschool program for children with and without special needs. In each classroom there are two teachers (one general education teacher and one special education teacher) and two paraeducators. Inclusion preschool promotes active, engaging learning and social interaction among students of all abilities. The goal is for all students to achieve kindergarten-readiness skills.

Who: Children who will be 3- or 4-years-old by Aug. 31 of the current year. Children must live in the boundary of a Title I designated school:

  • Anderson
  • Fruit Valley
  • Harney
  • Hazel Dell
  • King
  • Lincoln
  • Marshall
  • Minnehaha
  • Ogden
  • Roosevelt
  • Truman
  • Walnut Grove
  • Washington

When: Tuesdays through Fridays, morning or afternoon session

  • Morning: 8:10 a.m.–10:40 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 12:10 p.m.–2:40 p.m.

Where: Potential sites

  • Ogden Elementary School, 3200 NE 86th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98662
  • King Elementary School, 4801 Idaho St., Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Truman Elementary School, 4505 NE 42nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661


  • Transportation is not provided.

Application process

  1. Apply online.
  2. Notification of acceptance will be sent after the application closes.
  3. If there are more applicants than available spaces, a waitlist will be created.


Title I

Kellie Haphey Secretary

Special Education

Jami PhelpsSpecial services manager

Application dates


The application period is closed for the 2021-22 school year.

Columbia River preschool

A preschool program open to everyone

What: This program is part of the child development classes at Columbia River High School. High school students at River experience hands-on learning while working with young children. Under the supervision of a certified teacher, the students do the planning and implementing of age- and skill-appropriate projects and activities. Each day the preschoolers are offered two art projects, circle time, one-on-one reading time, free play, snacks and physical activity in the gym or outside. Transportation is not provided.

Who: All 3- to 4-year-olds (open to anyone; first-come, first-served). Total class size is 18 children.

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 9:30 a.m to 11:20 a.m.

Cost: $90 per semester


Columbia River High School
800 NW 99th St.
Vancouver, WA 98665

Preschool program for children with special needs

For 3 to 5-year-olds

Vancouver Public Schools offers a free half-day preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 who have special needs. Each preschool classroom has one special education teacher and two paraeducators. Our child-centered program provides special education services including cognitive, communication, adaptive, social emotional, behavior, fine motor and gross motor goals. The goal is for all students to achieve kindergarten-readiness skills.

How would my child qualify for this program?

Children who currently have an Individualized Education Plan qualify for this preschool program. If you suspect your child may have a developmental delay, but does not have an IEP, please visit our early childhood evaluation site

When: Tuesday through Friday, morning or afternoon session

  • Morning: 8:10 – 10:40 a.m
  • Afternoon: 12:10 -2:40 p.m.

Where: Marshall Elementary School

Other details:

  • Transportation provided


Jami Phelps Special services manager