Topeka Public Schools USD 501

Early Childhood

The mission of Topeka Public Schools Early Childhood Education is to support families with children pre-natal to age five (5). Educators work collaboratively with families to ensure that each child enters school with the social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills needed for success in school and in life.

TPS Early Childhood Programs

State Pre-K

Provides full day preschool five days per week for four-year old children who meet one or more qualifiers. 785-295-3109 •  Program description and details

Parents As Teachers

Serves families of children prenatal to age 3 through home visits and playgroups. 785-271-3662 •  Program description and details

Early Childhood Special Education Program

Provides half-day preschool five days per week for 3 and 4 year old children with developmental delays. Provides developmental early childhood screenings on a regular basis. • 785-235-7240 •  Program description and detailsSite and location information

Sheldon Head Start

Provides half-day preschool four days per week for 3 and 4 year old children who meet low income guidelines. 785-438-4530 •  Site and location information •  Program description and details


"The first 5 years of development are so crucial for learning. This is the time that the foundation for learning is laid. It is so much more than just learning colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. It involves all areas of development: social, emotional, physical, language, communication, cognitive and creative skills."

- Marjorie E. Pritz