Prairie View early childhood screening scheduled for Aug. 3

LA CYGNE – Developmental screening for children ages 3 to 5 living in the Prairie View USD 362 school district will take place on Aug. 3 by appointment only. Interested parents can email Janelle Davey at to set up a time.

This event is only for children who were not screened in the spring, or who have recently moved into the district. Routine screening is held twice a year in the district, but parents with developmental concerns or questions can call the school at any time.

Prairie View has been instrumental in bringing preschool opportunities to Linn County. The first program for 4-year-olds started at Parker Elementary in 1994. It was taught by Kathy Holt for 20 years, and served students in USD 362 – and surrounding districts, when space allowed.

The class has been taught by Connie Kettler since Holt’s retirement. The preschool program expanded in 2005 to include a special education preschool classroom. That program has been led by Janelle Davey.

Beginning fall 2021, the special education preschool program is growing once again. There will be two classrooms at Parker Elementary to serve USD 362 students.

This is a 3-to-5-year-old special education program which includes peer models. Haley Shaver will be joining Davey to teach the second class. Shaver recently taught special education in Osawatomie.

The preschool program for 4-year-olds will be at La Cygne Elementary this fall. The new Preschool teacher is Sarah Reynolds.

Reynolds comes to Prairie View from the Spring Hill district. The program for 4-year-olds will serve at-risk students, as well as peer models residing in USD 362.

Both programs plan to have morning and afternoon classes four days a week with transportation provided for Prairie View students.

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