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East Heights Early Childhood Family Center

East Heights Early Childhood Family Center opened its doors in the fall of 2002. Prior to this time, classroom-based early childhood programs were scattered throughout the school district at East Heights, Centennial, Pinckney and Woodlawn Elementary Schools, the Adult Learning Center and the University of Kansas. Since consolidating at one center, the incredible collaboration between programs has increased as has daily, ongoing professional growth and support through teacher-to-teacher interaction. Families benefit by having one center support them and their young children.

Early childhood programs include Early Childhood Special Services, Preschool for four year olds and Parents as Teachers. At East Heights Early Childhood Family Center you will find two half-day classrooms for children with disabilities. Joining them are children enrolled as Peer Models. District efforts to support young children with disabilities began nearly 37 years ago.  In addition to children attending East Heights, early childhood special education teachers and therapists support children with disabilities in many community settings.

In 1996, the Preschool program began. Today, there are six preschool classrooms at East Heights. This program is designed to provide income-eligible families with a quality preschool program for children age four. Classrooms serve 13 to 16 children who play and learn together in an all-day program. 

The youngest children (from birth to age three) served by the Center come to play in the Parents as Teachers’ (PAT) playroom. Families enrolled in the PAT program receive regular home visits from certified parent educators, and several times a month, playtime brings them together at East Heights.

Regardless of a child’s age or the program in which a family enrolls, the East Heights Early Childhood Family Center’s mission is to provide developmentally appropriate learning environments, creating opportunities to develop skills needed for school success, through a partnership among school, home and community.

Cris Anderson, principal
East Heights Early Childhood Family Center
1430 Haskell Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66046
Telephone: (785) 832-5680
Fax: (785) 832-5682
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