Early Childhood Programs

The Indian River School District Early Childhood Programs are committed to meeting the needs of preschool aged children with and without identified disabilities and their families. 

For more information contact:

Learning Years

The Indian River School District believes that all children deserve an opportunity to maximize their potential and realize academic success. Furthermore, the district believes that all children can learn and should be fully included in early care and education programs that have the flexibility and resources to accommodate individual’s unique needs and abilities. Such quality programs offer experiences that increase each child’s literacy and math readiness skills; foster cognitive, motor and social skills development; offer opportunities to explore and experience various aspects of the surrounding environment; foster self-esteem, and create a nurturing environment which encourages parents and community to become partners in their child’s education access, a comprehensive early childhood program for 3 and 4–year olds.


TOTS/Howard T. Ennis/Pre-K 619 is our Special Education Pre-K program.  Special education is instruction specifically designed to meet the educational and developmental needs of children with disabilities, or those who are experiencing developmental delays. Services for children are provided free of charge through the public school system. These services are available through the same law—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 

Project Village is our Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP). ECAP is funded by the Delaware Department of Education and provides services for Delaware’s low income families free of charge. ECAP provides services to four-year-old children going to Kindergarten. The focus in education is in the areas of language, literacy, social-emotional, physical development, health, nutrition and mental wellness. The goal is to prepare children to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

Tuition program provides services for four-year-old children at an affordable rate. The goal is to prepare children to be successful in kindergarten and beyond through education in the areas of language, literacy, social-emotional, and physical development.  


Contact your “home school” to set up an appointment at your nearest hub. 

The Early Childhood Screening Process:   

  1. Contact your "home school" to set up an appointment at your nearest hub

  2. Please bring the necessary documentation to the appointment 

  3. While your child is screened for vision and hearing you will fill out registration information and will include your input by completing the "Ages and Stages Parent Questionnaire".

  4. Coordinator will discuss results with you and will refer you to the appropriate early childhood program within the school district.

To expedite registration, please bring the following:

  • Proof of residency

  • Official birth certificate

  • Immunization record

  • State law requires each student to have a physical examination attending preschool