• Pre-K Opportunities

    Looking for Pre-K opportunities? There are several options available in Maize USD 266

    Pre-K classes for 4-year-olds run four days a week, Monday-Thursday and one Friday a semester. Three-year-olds can enroll in either two-day or four-day sessions. The morning session is from 8:15-11:25am, the afternoon session is 12:25-3:35pm. We do not have all day Pre-K, nor can we allow parents to enroll their child into both morning and afternoon sessions.

    Thank you for your interest in the Maize Early Childhood Center.  Our enrollment for the 2024-25 school year is currently closed.  Starting August 2025, we will be able to answer questions regarding availability and potentially add your family to our waitlist. 

    Fee-Based Pre-Kindergarten

    The purpose of the Fee-Based Pre-Kindergarten Program is to provide a high-quality, school-based early learning program for preschool aged children who are not eligible for the State Pre-Kindergarten program or Early Childhood Special Education program in the Maize School District. Details in reference to this program are as follows:

    • The Fee-Based Pre-Kindergarten program will be offered at a rate of  $260 per month for 4 days a week and $130 for two days a week (3-year olds only).

    • Students must be 3 or 4 years old as of August 31, 2024 for the 2024-25 school year and must reside in the Maize School District.

    • To be placed in the program, all paperwork and non-refundable payment of $260 or $130 is due upon enrollment.

    • Busing is not available for this program.

    State Pre-Kindergarten

    Students must turn 3- or 4-years-old by Aug. 31, 2024. The students eligible for this program must meet one of the following criteria:

    • The parent was a teenager at the time of child’s birth.
    • Lives in a single-parent household
    • Limited English proficiency
    • Meets criteria for Federal free lunch program
    • Developmental Delay (as determined by assessment)
    • Parent(s) does not have a high school degree or GED

    This program is Kansas grant funded and has limited spots available. If your only qualifier is reduced lunches, there is a chance this may not be funded by the state and you would have to pay the monthly fee. Busing available.

    Early Childhood Special Education

    Maize Early Childhood Special Education is designed for children 3-to 5-years-of-age who qualify for services in areas such as communicating, learning, hearing, seeing, moving, or socializing. 

    If you live in the Renwick or Maize school district and have concerns with your child in areas of cognition, motor, social behaviors, adaptive/self-help, or speech skills, the first step is to have your child attend a Bright Start screening. For more information, please call (316)722-3105 or email brightstart@usd266.com to arrange a screening.