Wehde Early Childhood Center opened in the fall of 2001 as a permanent home for the district’s early childhood programs. The center is housed within Glacier Ridge Elementary School and serves approximately 300 preschool students each year with the help of 65 qualified staff.
Wehde Early Childhood Center has two primary offerings targeted to preschool students: a special education program, which includes speech and language therapy and diagnostic/ screening services; and a blended preschool program, which serves the needs of both general education and special education students in a blended classroom setting.
Wehde is staffed by college educated teachers who have certification in both special education and early childhood specialization, as well as specialists from the following disciplines: speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, school psychology, school social work, and school nursing. Classroom learning activities are provided or facilitated by the early childhood teacher, as well as other members of the multidisciplinary team as part of the overall educational program. This approach allows the classroom teacher to know and implement strategies used by other professionals (a speech and language therapist, for example) with a particular child. While the classroom teacher does not replace the role of the therapist, he or she can extend and enhance the services provided by implementing some of the techniques. Children are carefully monitored and encouraged in their progress by all team members.
Wehde class schedule typically follow the District 47 school calendar. Parents are notified of any exceptions and special dates that arise during the school year. Bus service is available for all children enrolled in a Wehde Early Childhood program.
Wehde Early Childhood Center is a busy place! We are constantly striving to better meet the changing, diverse needs of our young learners.